AC Milan have made qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League nearly impossible after yesterday’s home defeat against Borussia Dortmund, and they stand to miss out on some serious prize money.
MilanNews recalls that at the end of the 2022-23 campaign, Milan had amassed a total of €114m from prize money alone, which becomes around €130m if the market pool is also included. To date, in the current Champions League, the Rossoneri have collected a total of €20.3m: €15.64m for participation in the groups and another €4.66m for the victory over PSG and the two draws with Newcastle and Borussia Dortmund.
In case of elimination the Rossoneri could reach a maximum of €23.1m in the event of a victory against Newcastle that would not be enough. That would however guarantee at least a minimum economic parachute represented by ‘relegation’ to the Europa League.
With a draw, and therefore automatic elimination from everything, Milan’s European season would result in €21.2m collected for the results achieved, with a defeat that €20.3m would remain.
The comparison with last season is scary: in the best of scenarios (in which Milan are eliminated) the difference exceeds €90m, while in the worst case it is over €100m.