Winner of Copa Libertadores final to pocket additional $6 mn in prize money
The two arch-rivals battling it out in the 2018 Copa Libertadores final are fighting not only for bragging rights but also for an additional $6 million in prize money, according to figures provided by South America’s Conmebol soccer federation.
The runner-up in the final, which will conclude on Saturday with the second match of a two-leg series between Buenos Aires clubs River Plate and Boca Juniors, will receive $3 million, or the same amount that Brazilian club Gremio took home for defeating Argentine side Lanus in the last round of the 2017 tournament.
River and Boca, who are tied 2-2 after the first leg, have already received $4.85 million apiece: $1.8 million for hosting three group-stage matches, $750,000 for advancing to the round of 16, $950,000 for reaching the quarter-finals and $1.35 million for booking a berth in the semi-finals.
A total of $103 million will be paid out in 2018 to all participating clubs, according to Conmebol, up from $98.9 million last year.
The 2018 champion also will receive an additional significant sum of money for qualifying for next month’s FIFA Club World Cup tournament in the United Arab Emirates.
Revenues from ticket sales also have been strong, with Boca Juniors estimated to have earned around $1.3 million in the Nov. 10 first leg at La Bombonera Stadium, which has a 48,000-seat capacity.
River Plate expects to take in $2.7 million in Saturday’s second leg at the 66,000-seat El Monumental Stadium.
The two matches also have provided a boost to tourism in Buenos Aires, with hundreds of Argentines and foreigners having traveled to the capital to see those contests.