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Champions League Champs to earn N52.5billion despite Covid-19

Hopeful Manchester City players react after an impressive outing

 

Despite the ravaging effect of the coronavirus which boxed many sporting activities into a corner, eventual Champions league winners will still pocket a whooping N52.5billion about €118m.

But for the dare devil virus that swooped on the world like a thief in the night, the winner would have received €131m, but the governing body UEFA is  considering imposing a 10% deduction on the competition’s prize money, thus bringing the pay-out to €118m. That will still be better than what last two season winners, Barcelona €117m and Liverpool €111m got.

Manchester City are one of eight teams left in this season’s illustrious Champions League. Manager Pep Guardiola will be hoping he can guide his side to their first ever top-tier European title and in-turn ensure the club receives a bumper record pay-out despite the unprecedented nature of this campaign at the hands of the COVID-19 pandemic.

City will face-off against Ligue 1 side Lyon in the competition’s quarter-finals on Aug 15 in a game that they head into as clear favourites to progress to the semi-finals.

The winner of City’s quarter-final tie will then progress to take-on either Barcelona or Bundesliga title winners Bayern Munich.

Under normal circumstances, this season’s winner would be set to bank €131m, however, given the unprecedented nature of this season because of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, prize money could be slashed by 10%.

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City missed the Premier league title with 18 points behind eventually winners Liverpool who garnered 99 points in 38 matches.

The Ethihad landlords beat Real Madrid home and away in the quarter finals to progress on a 4-2 aggregate.

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