REVEALED: Manchester City claimed £153MILLION in prize money after winning the Premier League last season… while Norwich became the first side to earn more than £100m despite finishing bottom in 2021/22
- Man City won the Premier League for fourth time in five seasons in 2021-22
- They therefore earned the most of any of the 20 clubs in merit payments
- Norwich made history by earning £100m after finishing bottom of the table
- Newcastle and Spurs also made more money than teams above them in table
The Premier League have revealed champions Manchester City won a staggering £153million in prize money last season.
Pep Guardiola’s men won their fourth title in five seasons in 2021/22 after a dramatic final day which saw them come from two goals down to beat Aston Villa and pip Liverpool to the crown.
Finishing first saw City earn a UK merit payment – which is divided according to final league position – of nearly £34m as well as a further £7m internationally.
Premier League champions Man City won a staggering £153million in prize money last season
However, their facility fees – paid out every time a Premier League club appears in a live televised game – amounted to nearly £1m fewer than Jurgen Klopp’s men, though their UK merit payment was nearly £2m higher than the Reds.
While the top of the table sees some eye-watering figures paid out to City and Liverpool, the Premier League also made history at the bottom end of the table in 2021-22.
Norwich – who won just five top-flight matches, lost 26 and who conceded 84 goals last season – became the first team in the league’s history to earn £100m in prize money despite finishing bottom of the table.
They earned the same facility fees as the other two teams who joined them in being relegated to the Championship – Burnley and Watford – but their domestic and international merit payments were not as high due to their final position.
Norwich became the first team to earn £100m in prize money despite finishing bottom
There were also instances where teams earned more than those who finished above them, due again to facility fees.
The standout example saw 11th-placed Newcastle take away more than £126.7m in prize money, a figure greater than 10th-placed Wolves’ £124.5m and the £125.7m earned by Brighton, who finished ninth.
The Magpies received money after featuring in 21 live games, while Wolves and the Seagulls were televised on 16 and 15 occasions respectively.
The same occured towards the top of the table, with fourth-place Tottenham earning more than £146m after featuring in three more live games than Chelsea, who raked in £145.6m after finishing third.
Newcastle earned more than Wolves and Brighton after featuring in more live televised games
Everton and Leeds meanwhile figured in 10 more live games than Southampton, and earned £117.2m and £115.1m – compared to the Saints’ £110.9m – despite finishing in the two places below Ralph Hassenhuttl’s men.
But more live coverage did not always equal a higher figure in prize money, with Arsenal earning less than their north London rivals Spurs despite Mikel Arteta’s men being televised on two more occasions.
An equal UK share of £31.8m and internationally of £48.9m was handed out to all 20 clubs in the top flight last season, while the central commercial was also set at £6.8m.
Overall, the clubs’ total prize money came to more than £2.5billion.