Chelsea top Champions League earners report

Chelsea were the highest earners from last season Champions League, UEFA have confirmed, with the winners of the competition banking more than £40m, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Premier League side eventually took home £46.8m for their involvement in the tournament, with a large portion of that amount received simply for taking part. The rest comes from the English clubs share of the £330m television pot, a total which will rise further this season.

Chelsea’s winnings were almost double that of the second-highest earning English club, Manchester United, who made £27.8m despite not getting out of the group stage. Arsenal, eliminated in the second round by Milan, got £22.3m while Manchester City, who also failed to escape their group, were awarded just under £21m.

Didier Drogba scored a late equalising goal for Chelsea in the Champions League final after Thomas Muller had put Bayern Munich in front with less than 10 minutes to play. Drogba later scored the winning penalty in the shootout to deliver the trophy to Chelsea for the first time.

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