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The Champions League Quarter-finalists

The Eight Greats

Introduction

Perhaps it was lady luck that smiled up on them during that controversial play. Or maybe it came down to the cool-headed way they hindered their opponents’ attacks over the roaring of a crowd who believed that a comeback was possible. However they got here, these are the eight Champions League finalists. And whether it comes down to technique, discipline or just luck, this year they are the only teams who will get the chance to fill up that empty space in their trophy cabinet. It’s the trophy that only the best teams in history have managed to lift, and no more than four matches stand between them and the final. It’s a challenge that only the footballing elite can face. Welcome to the Eight Greats.

The Eight Greats

Who are they?

These are the eight teams that will compete for a place in the final at the legendary Giuseppe Meazza Stadium in Milan on 28 May. Only one captain will get to lift the world's most prestigious international trophy in football.

So, who are the Eight Greats this season? And how many times in their history have they made it to where they are now? Continue reading to find out more.

UEFA Coefficients
Year founded
Number of times in a CL quarter-final*
Champions League Titles**
Real Madrid 167.142 1902 14 10
Bayern Munich 156.778 1900 15 5
Barcelona 156.142 1899 15 5
Atletico Madrid 136.142 1903 4
Benfica 115.583 1904 4 2
Paris Saint-Germain 111.516 1970 5
Manchester City 93.956 1880 1
Wolfsburg 53.778 1945 1
* Champions League Editions in which they have at least reached a quarter-finals (1992-2016).
** Includes former European Cup.
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How much does it cost to see them?

A good number of these clubs are among the most highly respected on the planet. The Champions League is undoubtedly the biggest stage and they are this season's star performers. See the average of how much fans from around the world are willing to pay on the secondary market to see each of these Eight Greats in action.

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Average ticket price for Champions League matches
Source: Ticketbis. Ticket sales historical data.

These clubs move enormous amounts of money around across Europe and the rest of the world. They are also leading forces in their home countries when it comes to sporting transactions. Matches that include members of this select group in their respective domestic competitions are very highly valued on the secondary market. What is the price of a ticket to see one of these teams play in the Champions compared to a League match?

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Average ticket price of Champions League and domestic league comparison
Source: Ticketbis. Ticket sales historical data.

Some people are willing to pay up to four-figure sums to watch a match featuring one of these top 8 clubs. On the other hand, others have managed to attend a match for little more than the price of a cinema ticket. These are the prices of most expensive and cheapest tickets, sold over the course of the season for a Champions League match and a for a domestic league fixture.

Ticket prices

Click on the different buttons to see how each of the Eight Greats rank when it comes to most expensive and cheapest ticket prices in a Champions League or domestic league competion.

  • Real Madrid

    Real Madrid

    Estadio Santiago Bernabéu

    Champions League 15/16. Most expensive: €845. Cheapest: €22.97.

    League 15/16. Most expensive: €2533. Cheapest: €22.

  • Bayern Munich

    Bayern Munich

    Allianz Arena

    Champions League 15/16. Most expensive: €1696. Cheapest: €176.49.

    League 15/16. Most expensive: €1134.87. Cheapest: €43.

  • Barcelona

    Barcelona

    Camp Nou

    Champions League 15/16. Most expensive: €1272. Cheapest: €33.04.

    League 15/16. Most expensive: €2950.59. Cheapest: €5.

  • Atletico Madrid

    Atletico Madrid

    Estadio Vicente Calderón

    Champions League 15/16. Most expensive: €370. Cheapest: €27.04.

    League 15/16. Most expensive: €796.46. Cheapest: €39.

  • Benfica

    Benfica

    Estádio da Luz

    Champions League 15/16. Most expensive: €281.89. Cheapest: €45.

    League 15/16. Most expensive: €798.47. Cheapest: €43.

  • Paris Saint-Germain

    Paris Saint-Germain

    Parc des Princes

    Champions League 15/16. Most expensive: €2101.34. Cheapest: €68.

    League 15/16. Most expensive: €699.99. Cheapest: €12.

  • Manchester City

    Manchester City

    Etihad Stadium

    Champions League 15/16. Most expensive: €908.09. Cheapest: €67.

    League 15/16. Most expensive: €692.19. Cheapest: €54.

  • Wolfsburg

    Wolfsburg

    Volkswagen Arena

    Champions League 15/16. Most expensive: €364.24. Cheapest: €59.

    League 15/16. Most expensive: €477.44. Cheapest: €254.

Source: Ticketbis. Ticket sales historical data.

How have UEFA Champions League ticket prices changed over the past four years? What has been the average cost of a ticket for a final in these last few years?

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Champions League average ticket prices for the final and other rounds
Source: Ticketbis. Ticket sales historical data.
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The Eight Greats

Scale of financial operations

In order to appreciate the potential of each of the Eight Greats, we need to take a look at their financial data – the figures that make them giants in the world of football. Find out how much they earn from ticket sales, the sums they receive from TV broadcasting rights and what they make from marketing their brand. You will then understand why they are football's elite.

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Source of income
Tickets
Broadcasting rights
Commercial use
€129.8M €199.9M €247.3M
€89.8M €106.1M €278.1M
€116.9M €199.8M €244.1M
€37.2M €86.6M €63.3M
€78M €105.8M €297M
€57M €178M €228.5€
Source: Deloitte.
* Benfica and Wolfsburg not included in Deloitte annual report.

Another good indicator for comparing the financial power of a club is to look at how much it is willing to spend on players. No-one knows more than the clubs themselves that to achieve success, they must sign the top talent. These are the amounts invested by the 8 clubs in the Champions League quarter-finals in their most important signings last summer.

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Most expensive player signings this season
* Traded in winter to GZ Evergrande for 42 Million euros.

Any club aspiring to conquer Europe, should at the very least, have one star player to hold on to — someone who can lead the team and fill fans with hope and excitement in exchange for an astronomical wage. These are the best-paid players from the teams that make up the Eight Greats.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

17.5 Million euros net salary.

Franck Ribéry

Franck Ribéry

9.5 Million euros net salary.

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

20 Million euros net salary.

Koke Resurrección

Koke Resurrección

6 Million euros net salary.

Nico Gaitán

Nico Gaitán

2 Million euros net salary.

Zlatan Ibrahimović

Zlatan Ibrahimović

12 Million euros net salary.

Kun Agüero

Sergio 'Kun' Agüero

8 Million euros net salary.

André Schürrle

André Schürrle

4.5 Million euros net salary.

Source: Forbes and Celebritiesmoney.com.

Among all, there are two players, who besides being the highest-paid soccer players also fight to hold a position that only one can occupy: the best player on the planet. While everyone has their own opinion of who is truly the best, find out what both have earned in the time it took you to read the report.

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