Champions League 2015-16 Prize Money: Club-by-Club Rundown After Quarter-Finals

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistApril 14, 2016

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 13:  Luis Suarez, Neymar and Gerard Pique of Barcelona react during the UEFA Champions League quarter final, second leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Vincente Calderon on April 13, 2016 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Defending champions Barcelona crashed out of the UEFA Champions League at the quarter-final stage on Wednesday and missed out on a guaranteed €7 million (£5.6 million) in prize money for not making the last four. 

Along with the other losing quarter-finalists—Benfica, Paris Saint-Germain and Wolfsburg—the Blaugrana also lost the potential €22 million (£17.5 million) on offer for advancing to the final and eventually winning the famous trophy.

As if that were not a big enough hit, all four losing sides miss out on a bigger share of the market pool, the money earned from commercial revenue. 

For semi-finalists Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Manchester City, it was a big payday as they all pocketed the €7 million for reaching the last four, and at least €10.5 million (£8.4 million) is now on offer for making the final.

Here's a look at the full prize-money breakdown for this year's Champions League clubs, courtesy of the UEFA's official website:

Champions League Prize Money Breakdown
ClubGroup PointsPrize Money (million €)
Real Madrid1638.5
Bayern Munich1538
Atletico Madrid1337
Manchester City1236.5
Paris Saint-Germain1330
Zenit Saint Petersburg1525
Dynamo Kyiv1123
PSV Eindhoven1022.5
Manchester United816
Bayer Leverkusen615
BATE Borisov514.5
Borussia Monchengladbach514.5
CSKA Moscow414
Dinamo Zagreb313.5
Shakhtar Donetsk313.5
Maccabi Tel-Aviv012

Note: Each club that qualified for the group stages received €12 million (roughly £9 million), with €1.5 million (£1.1 million) awarded for each win and €500,000 (£400,000) for each draw. Those who made it to the round of 16 earned another €5.5 million, while quarter-finalists were awarded an extra €6 million and semi-finalists €7 million. 

Advancing in the Champions League is a lucrative business, and with €15 million (£11.9 million) available for winning the final, there is a significant incentive to go all the way.

While none of the semi-finalists are short on money, Atleti manager Diego Simeone has once again shown his ability to flourish on the biggest stage despite relatively limited resources—see the below chart provided by the Manchester Evening News' Stuart Brennan:

Stuart Brennan @StuBrennanMEN

To those Reds telling me #MCFC have bought a way into last 16 - proof United have bought a way into Europa League https://t.co/SArA8tBMQ8"

The Madrid outfit were given little chance against the mighty Barcelona, especially after losing the first leg 2-1, but Atleti provided a masterclass at the Vicente Calderon to run out 2-0 winners and advance at the Blaugrana's expense.

Bleacher Report's Dean Jones named Atleti as the best side of the week's action after they downed the firm favourites for the competition:

City's huge investments over the last few seasons seem to be finally paying dividends as they beat PSG in the quarter-finals to advance to the last four in the Champions League for the first time.

Kevin De Bruyne was the main man for the Sky Blues and got the goal in their 1-0 win at the Eithad that sealed their semi-final spot, per BT Sport Football:

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Is this the goal that sends @MCFC into the semi-finals? #PSGMCI #UCL https://t.co/jQKfWzyonn

De Bruyne's return from injury has been key to City's recent return to form, and the Belgian playmaker is making good on the £54.5 million the Sky Blues paid for him last summer.

As the world's richest club, Real are expected to go deep in the Champions League every year, but they had to turn over a 2-0 deficit against Wolfsburg to advance to the semi-finals.

Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick sealed the necessary 3-0 win for Los Blancos at the Santiago Bernabeu, with the Portuguese showing once again that he has what it takes to succeed in the Champions League, per Squawka:

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Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League since 2014/15: Most shots (107) ✔ Most goals (26) ✔ Most assists (7) ✔ https://t.co/EKbt4LhqJ7

Thanks to their group-stage performance, Real still lead the way in Champions League prize money this season, their semi-final earnings moving them onto €38.5 million (£30.6 million) for the campaign.

Just €500,000 further back sits Bayern, arguably Real's biggest threat to going all the way this season.

Pep Guardiola's side made hard work of their quarter-final tie against Benfica but eventually came through 3-2 on aggregate after Wednesday's 2-2 draw at Estadio da Luz.

With Barca out, Bayern are now arguably the side to beat in the Champions League this season, and they will be confident they can make the Milan final with a victory over whichever side they are paired against in Friday's semi-final draw.