Manchester City are the lowest prize money earners in the Champions League knockout stage

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Real Madrid won all six of their group stage games. (Source: Getty)
With the Champions League group stage now wrapped up, the executives at Europe’s elite clubs will be counting up the cash their teams have earned.
Real Madrid are this season’s biggest earners so far, having won a total of €14.6m in prize money from Uefa for their performances in Europe.
No other Champions League team has earned their employers as much extra cash as Ronaldo and co, who won six out of six group stage games against Ludogorets, FC Basel and Liverpool.
In the group stage Uefa awards all competing clubs a basic fee of €8.6m, plus a further €1m for every win and €500,000 for every draw.
The fifteen clubs who, along with Madrid, progressed to the last 16 will now pick up a further €3.5m for their involvement in the first knockout stage. The eventual winner will add €23.3m to their coffers.
Clubs will also pick up further revenue from their share of broadcast fees paid by TV stations in their home country to Uefa for the rights to show Champions League games. Each club’s share of the “market pool” is based on their performance in the competition as well as where they finished in the previous season's domestic campaign.
Last season Real Madrid went home with a total of €57.4m and, of course, a long-coveted 10th Champions League victory.
Manchester City, who snuck into the knockout stages of the competition with a 0-2 win over Roma on Wednesday night, have earned the least amount in prize money of any of the clubs in the competition.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side recorded two wins and two draws, taking their group stage total prize money to €11.6m.
Galatasaray and Apoel Nicosia will have the most disappointed boardrooms (and supporters) after both sides picked up just €500,000 to top off their base fee from their exploits in Europe. Liverpool were the worst performing English side, coming away with a total of €10.6m from the competition.
The draw for the last 16 takes place in Monday at Uefa's headquarters in Nyon.

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