Following their record-breaking revenues earned in their 2017/2018 Champions League campaign, the Giallorossi continue to help their financial situation due to their successes in Europe. Below, you can find the in-depth numbers in relation to Roma’s 2018/2019 European journey.
For the seasons 2015 until 2018, Roma entered into an agreement with UEFA regarding their new Financial Fair Play rules. Roma’s settlement agreement included a “break-even” clause by the financial year 2017-2018, which required the Giallorossi’s gains to be in-line with their losses for the financial year 2017-2018. Roma, however, fell just short of this break-even line by roughly €10 million. Roma met with UEFA in March 2018 to explain their slight deficit and on 13 June 2018, UEFA announced that Roma are no longer under financial fair play review after the club was released from its settlement agreement. The European governing body confirmed that the Giallorossi are among a number of clubs who had successfully adhered to compliance agreements they had previously reached – satisfying FFP requirements and ensuring no need for any further sanctions. Roma’s earnings of nearly €83 million in last season’s Champions League were a club record and ensured the club were no longer in the crosshairs of UEFA.
Group Stage 2018/2019
In early June, UEFA announced the figures that clubs could expect to earn from the governing body for participation in the group stage of the Champions League. Each of the 32 clubs that qualify for the group stage can expect to receive a group stage allocation of €15.25 million. Furthermore, group stage performance bonuses will be paid for each match: €2.7 million per win and €900,000 per draw. Lastly, any club that secures qualification for the round of 16 will earn €9.5 million.
UEFA introduced a historical ranking this season as a way to pay-out 30% of their total prize sum of €1.95 billion, which equals €585 million. For the 2018/2019 Champions League, this €585 million will be distributed to all 32 clubs who qualified for the group stage of the Champions League on the basis of the 10-year yield coefficients rankings. In these coefficient rankings, the Giallorossi were placed 22nd out of 32 — which earned the club €12.19 million.
Meanwhile, the Giallorossi have already secured qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League. The Giallorossi garnered 3 wins in the group stage, which equates to €8.1 million in earnings (€2.7 million per win) as well as €9.5 million for earning qualification to the round of 16. Add these two figures to the initial €15.25 million earned from participation in the group stage and the €12.19 million from the historical ranking, and the Giallorossi have earned €45.04 million from UEFA.
UEFA fees, though, are only a piece of the full puzzle. The Italian market pool (a fixed amount that is split between the Italian participants in the Champions League) will be around €60 million, of which, €30 million will be distributed based upon where each club finished in Serie A in the 2017/2018 season while the other €30 million is based on the number of matches played in the 2018/19 Champions League.
Juventus earn 40% of the previously mentioned €30 million (because they finished first), Napoli earn 30% of the €30 million, Roma earn 20% of the €30 million and Inter earn 10% of the €25 million. This is an additional €6 million for the Giallorossi in addition to the €45.04 million from UEFA, totaling €51.04 million.
The other €30 million, as mentioned previously, is based on the number of matches played in the Champions League by each club. After the final match-day, it was learned that both Napoli and Inter would miss out on the knockout stage of the competition while Roma and Juventus qualified. Each Italian club played six matches in the group stage (totaling 24) and with the progressions of Roma and Juventus in the competition, that means that Italian clubs will play a minimum of 28 matches in the Champions League (two matches for both Roma and Juve). Because Roma and Juventus will each play two more matches than Napoli and Inter, that means they will earn a larger percentage of this €30 million.
Roma and Juventus will play a minimum of 8 matches each in the Champions League — you take this number and divide it by 28 (the total number of matches played by Italian teams to date) and you get 28.571% for both clubs while Inter and Napoli each represent 21.429% of the matches played. In terms of euros, 28.571% of €30 million is €8.57 million for both Juventus and Roma while Napoli and Inter each earn €6.42 million. Therefore, add the previous figure of €51.04 million to €8.57 million, which equals €59.61 million
On top of the earnings from UEFA and the market pool, there is also the revenue earned from home matches at the Stadio Olimpico. Roma earned €1.89 million in ticket revenue from the match against Viktoria Plzen, €1.59 million from the match against CSKA Moscow and €3.52 million from the clash against Real Madrid, which totals €7 million. Add this figure to the previous €59.61 million and the Giallorossi are at €66.61 million.
To date, AS Roma have earned €66.61 million in the 2018/2019 edition of the Champions League.