Milan are facing many difficulties in the Top 4 Serie A race when they constantly drop points, the latest is a 0-2 loss on the field of the 18th ranked team, Spezia. That result makes them 4 points behind the fourth ranked team Lazio when the tournament only has 3 rounds, meaning the risk of having to return to the Europa League after 2 seasons of fighting in the Champions League.
Even the right to self-determination is now not in the hands of Milan when even winning the remaining 3 matches, they still have to hope the top teams lose points. What will be the economic loss? At a minimum, a club participating in the Champions League group stage will receive 36 million euros (participation bonus, historical ranking, total prize money …)
That’s the lowest possible number based on the worst-case scenario: lowest historical rankings, losing all six group stage games and other Italian teams going far in the tournament… To make it easier to visualize, look at the con the number that Milan earned in the past 2 seasons. In the 2021/22 season, Milan earned 45 million euros and this season with reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League, the Rossoneri will receive at least 85 million euros.
And yet, the above figure does not include revenue from ticket sales, only the semi-final first leg against Inter also helps Milan earn 10 million euros. In short, Milan made a big profit this season, but they will have to take a big loss next season if they don’t participate in the Champions League and this greatly affects the development plan.