Making good on their two lost Champions League finals in 2014 and 2016, Atlético Madrid convincingly beat Olympique Marseille 3:0 in the UEFA Europa League final on Wednesday. Diego Simeone’s team had already won the competition in 2010 and 2012 and will be making another attempt at winning the more prestigious Champions League title next year.
As our chart illustrates, it’s not just prestige that the Europa League is lacking compared to the Champions League. In financial terms, the UEFA’s second tier competition is no match for what is arguably the world’s biggest club competition in football. A team that marches through the Europa League, winning every group stage game and going on to win the title will earn €15.7 million in price money from the UEFA
(excluding payments for television rights). The Champions League winner can earn nearly four times that amount.