A dismal Champions League performance cost Manchester United £13.3million in payments from UEFA, figures released today revealed.
The Old Trafford side failed to make the last 16 for the first time since 2006 after being knocked out at the group stage following a surprising string of poor results.
And their early exit resulted in earning £1million from playing two games in the less lucrative Europa League, compared with the £41.8million they received for reaching the final last year.
Manchester City, who also exited at the group stage, earned £20.8million from their debut season in the Champions League – despite their rivals earning £6million more for playing as many games.
Cup winners Chelsea received £47.1million after overcoming Bayern Munich on their home ground.
Munich earned £32.8million for finishing as runners-up although Chelsea’s high-profile semi-final match against Barcelona was the most watched game.
After Torres’ late winner, a record 13,684 Tweets a second were sent.
A total of £593million was distributed to the 32 participating clubs from the group stage onwards. All of the clubs received a minimum of £5.6million.
Clubs who reached the last 16 earned an extra £2.3million, for the quarter finals they earned £2.6million and £3.3million for playing in the semi-finals.