Champions League exit Barcelona makes huge financial losses. Barcelona’s second Champions League group stage exit in as many years will have significant financial effects on the Catalan club. On Wednesday night, Barcelona was eliminated from the Champions League group stage without ever having kicked a ball, thanks to Inter’s 4-0 victory over. Bayern added insult to injury with a crushing 3-0 victory at Camp Nou, sending Barcelona to the Europa League for the second consecutive year.
The club will suffer from Barca’s early withdrawal because of the significant financial investment needed to play in Europe’s premier league. President Joan Laporta reportedly provided funding for their campaign under the assumption that they would reach the competition’s quarterfinals. Since they have already been eliminated from the group stage with one game remaining, the statistics aren’t particularly compelling to read.
The Champions League pays clubs about €9.6 million (£8.3 million) for making it to the round of 16, and another €10.6 million (£9.2 million) for making it to the quarterfinals. Barcelona now lacks access to a budget of almost €20.2 million (£17.5 million), which is a damaging revelation given the club’s significant and risky summer spending.
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