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Champions League: Manchester City bag €127m windfall after demolishing Real Madrid

Manchester City’s stunning demolition of Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final in midweek guaranteed them a bumper cash windfall.

City bagged a draw in Madrid in the first leg, before ripping Carlo Ancelotti’s side to pieces at the Etihad Stadium in midweek.

According to respected financial football analyst Swiss Ramble, the victory secured an estimated €127 million from television money for City.

The rest of the Premier League’s European representatives have also raked in the cash – albeit to differing degrees.

Chelsea (€94m), Liverpool (€82m) and Tottenham Hotspur (€64m) have seen their coffers swelled by their involvement in the Champions League.

By contrast, Manchester United (€31m) and Arsenal (€26m) pulled in significantly less from their respective campaigns in the Europa League.

Both clubs will likely feature in next season’s Champions League, which will make a massive difference to their respective finances.

West Ham United have bagged €21m from playing in the Europa Conference League and will see that figure increase after progressing to the final.

Scottish Premiership duo Celtic and Rangers trousered €51m between them, highlighting why their domestic league is one of the most imbalanced competitions in Europe.

Qualification for the Champions League remains the holy grail for Europe’s top clubs – a point evidenced by the earnings of the big hitters.

Five clubs have earned more than €100m from the Champions League this season – Man City (€127m), Madrid (€118m), Bayern Munich (€107m), Paris Saint-Germain (€104m) and Inter Milan (€100m).

Judging by these figures, European football’s financial gravy train is showing no signs of slowing down.

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