Barcelona will earn 160 times less than the men’s Champions of the Champions League

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UEFA’s financial reward for this trophy, 460,000 euros, continues to demonstrate the lack of investment in women’s football

ANDhe Barcelona achieved a historic sporting achievement by winning its first Champions League, but UEFA’s financial reward for this trophy, 460,000 euros, continues to demonstrate the lack of investment on the part of the estates in women’s football, being approximately 160 times less than the prize for winning the men’s ‘Champions’.

A wide difference compared to what will be taken who wins the May 29 in Porto. Manchester City and Chelsea can receive more than 80 million euros to win the trophy of the highest continental competition. Liverpool in 2019 already pocketed 82.4 million for lifting the ‘ear’.

UEFA, albeit lightly, will increase the economic prizes of the women’s ‘Champions’ for the course that comes with the premiere of a new competition format that will have a group stage that will replace the round of 32 and eighth finals, which until this edition were played through two-legged qualifiers.

Just for playing the group phrase, the clubs will already receive 400,000 euros (only 60,000 less than what Barça will receive for this title) and the champion can take up to 1.4 million euros, triple than today.

In total, the new Champions will distribute 24 million among the participating clubs, which above all will come out of the unification of television rights and sponsorships.

They are significant figures for the budgets that are handled in European women’s football. Barça, for example, for this 2020-2021 academic year has a budget of six million euros, four million less than that of the Olympique de Lyon, champion of the five previous editions of the Champions League and which has the highest at present.

Of the six million, a little more than three and a half belong to the salaries of the players. The best paid is the Dutch attacker Lieke martens, with 260,000 euros per year.

In addition, the budget prepared by the board of directors of Josep Maria Bartomeu expected revenue of 4.8 million. Of these 3.8 are for marketing and advertising, coming almost entirely from Stanley, the main sponsor of the team that ends the contract in 2022. The remaining million are for broadcasts and television rights.

Last Sunday’s Champions League final played against Chelsea had a cumulative audience of 1,670,000 spectators in Televisió de Catalunya, achieving 28.4% of the share.

Thus, Barça women’s football awaits this course 1.2 million losses. They are less than those that the club has calculated to lose this season with grassroots football (35 million), basketball (29), handball (7), futsal (4) and roller hockey (2).

On the success of the team Lluís Cortés, who already has the Champions League and the League and next week can complete the triplet with the Queen’s Cup, Maria Teixidor, director responsible for women’s football until April 2020, gave her opinion in EFE: in a sports club with a very powerful men’s soccer team that has great facilities and centralized services from which he has been able to drink. “

And he adds: “This gives you a different starting point and provokes birth inequalities with other clubs that are not so lucky. When you have given these players six years so that they can do their job in these conditions, look at the fruits you have collected. “

These six years that he talks about Teixidor These are the ones that have happened since 2015, when Josep Maria Bartomeu and his board of directors decided to professionalize Barcelona’s women’s football, which had officially begun to form part of the Barça entity in 2002.

The European champion has as an architect Markel Zubizarreta, son of the Barcelona and Athletic Club exporter Andoni Zubizarreta and sports director of a team that is based on the philosophy of the position game that characterizes Barcelona and the massive presence of La Masia players.

These are complemented by world-class signings such as the Spanish Sandra Cloths, Mapi León and Jennifer Hermoso, the Dutch Lieke Martens, the Norwegian Caroline Graham Hansen and the French Kheira Hamraoui.

Teixidor, who was the first secretary of the board of directors in the history of Barcelona, ​​asks “investment in women’s football on the part of the public administration, which must be strengthened with the private one because so far only one side of history has been invested, that of men’s football. “

Meanwhile, in Spain the First Iberdrola It is not yet considered a professional competition, a key step to lay the foundations of future women’s football and precarious situations are still experienced such as Barcelona having to play a League match on an artificial turf pitch, that of Granadilla, just one week before the Champions League final.

“It is clear that if you want to take a step to professionalize the League, these kinds of things must change and if we want to continue growing as a competition as well. This issue of the fields is essential,” he said in an interview with EFE Aitana Bonmatí, MVP of the final won against Chelsea, days before playing it.

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