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Real Madrid Rakes in €118 Million from Champions League Run Despite Crushing Exit

The mighty Galacticos were utterly outmatched by Premier League powerhouses Manchester City in the second leg of their Champions League semifinal clash, going down 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

The devastating defeat sealed a crushing 5-1 aggregate loss for the 14-time European Cup winners, abruptly ending their bid for an unprecedented 15th continental crown.

Despite their ignominious exit from Europe’s premier club competition, Los Blancos have pocketed a king’s ransom of €118 million in revenue from their Champions League run this season, according to Swiss football finance expert Swiss Ramble.

Only their vanquishers Manchester City, who have amassed €127 million, earned more from the tournament. The figures likely incorporate gate receipts, broadcast rights and sponsorship.

Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain came in third and fourth, raking in €107 million and €104 million respectively, while finalists Inter Milan rounded out the top five with €100 million.

Arch-nemeses Barcelona languished in 12th place with a paltry €69 million following their shock group stage elimination.

Reports in Spanish daily Diario SPORT indicate Real could have earned an additional €15.5 million had they reached the final, and €4.5 million more had they lifted Ol’ Big Ears for a record-extending 15th time.

Their loss in the semis thus cost them around €20 million in potential prize money that could have aided their galaxy of superstars in the summer transfer window.

Real Madrid Nets €118 Million in Champions League Revenue

The actual figure may well have been higher when factoring in the additional matchday, broadcasting and commercial revenue.

The crushing loss deliver a devastating blow to Real in a season where they never truly got going.

Now Carlo Ancelotti and his players will be hoping for a better 2023-24 season to pick up the pieces of a campaign that promised so much yet delivered so little.

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