FC Barcelona will be eager to put the mistakes of the previous several European campaigns behind them. They get ready to begin their UEFA Champions League 2023–24 campaign against Royal Antwerp later tonight at Montjuic.
FC Barcelona eyes the prize
The Blaugrana will be very eager to, at the very least, get beyond the first round this time around. After being ousted from the group stages in each of the previous two competitions.
Given the significant prize money up for grabs in the competition, the club’s pride and reputation have taken a hit. Due to the club’s recent early eliminations from the group round.
Now, according to Mundo Deportivo, FC Barcelona might have a huge financial incentive in the upcoming Champions League season. They could earn a sizeable sum from the competition’s group stages alone.
Group Stage Analysis
FC Barcelona is placed in a considerably easier group with FC Porto, Royal Antwerp, and Shakhtar Donetsk compared to the previous two seasons.
The La Liga winners may earn up to €76.05 million. In case they win every game in their group and advance to the next round.
FC Barcelona has already earned close to €50 million from its Champions League participation this year.
The Catalans have been awarded a total of €49.65 million. Which includes €34.11 million for their third-place finish in the ten-year historical rankings. €15.64 million for reaching the tournament’s group stage.
Additionally, because UEFA gives €2.8 million for victories and €0.93 million for draws. The Blaugrana would get a total of €16.8 million if they won every game in their group.
The group stages alone would grant FC Barcelona a total of €76.05 million. Including the previously mentioned €49.65 million participation reward money. The €9.6 million awarded for making it to the Round of 16.