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Juventus, Leicester City earned more from UEFA prize fund than Real Madrid

With just two goals in eight games for Real Madrid this season, the FC guys debate whether or not Karim Benzema is overrated.

Beaten finalists Juventus topped the Champions League prize money table in receiving €110.4 million from UEFA last season.

Leicester City edged title-winning Real Madrid for second place in the list that UEFA published on Friday because the English champion banked a bigger share of broadcasting rights money.

British and Italian TV deals were more valuable than the Spanish rights, and were shared between fewer clubs than Spain's five in the competition.

Leicester, eliminated in the quarterfinals, got almost €81.7m from UEFA while Madrid earned just over €81m.

Of 32 group-stage teams, Basel's €16.3m was the lowest share of almost €1.4 billion in the UEFA prize fund.

Europa League winners Manchester United topped the second-tier competition's money table with €44.5m, more than double any other club. The Europa League prize fund was €423m.

Real Madrid beat Juventus in the Champions League final, but the Italian club made €29 million more.

United's share barely beat the lowest-earning English club in the Champions League, Tottenham, who did not advance from the group stage. However, the London club also played briefly in the Europa League and so banked almost €46m in total.

UEFA awarded a basic fee of €12.7m to each of the 32 Champions League teams, plus bonuses for results and a share of TV rights money known as the market pool. That complex formula gave clubs a share of broadcast deals covering their home country and allowed domestic champions to earn more than second- to fourth-place teams.

UEFA and the European Club Association have agreed on a new cash distribution model for the 2018-21 seasons, when revenues are expected to rise significantly.

The new formula will better reward teams that advance deeper into the competition, and is weighted to favor clubs that won European titles since UEFA launched club competitions in 1955.

The UEFA-ECA deal also guarantees four Champions League group-stage places to the four most successful leagues -- Spain, England, Germany and Italy.

It means Juventus -- who also topped the 2013 prize money list as quarterfinalists -- likely need to win the title to repeat atop the table from next season.

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