Dortmund Could Earn More for LosingChampions LeagueFinal to Real Madrid

Borussia Dortmund reaches UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid, set for June 1 at Wembley Stadium. Dortmund could earn more money for losing the final due to a clause in Jude Bellingham's transfer deal.

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Dortmund Could Earn More for LosingChampions LeagueFinal to Real Madrid

Dortmund Could Earn More for LosingChampions LeagueFinal to Real Madrid

Borussia Dortmund has reached the UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid, set to take place at London's iconic Wembley Stadium on Saturday, June 1. Despite being the underdogs, Dortmund's unexpected run to the final has already earned them a significant amount of money. However, a new report suggests that Dortmund could actually earn more money for losing the final to Real Madrid than for winning it.

According to German newspaper Ruhr Nachrichten, a clause in the transfer deal that saw Jude Bellingham move from Dortmund to Real Madrid last summer includes a stipulation that if Bellingham wins the Champions League with Real Madrid, the Spanish club will pay Dortmund an extra €5 million (£4.3 million). Additionally, Dortmund will receive an additional €2 million (£1.7 million) payment if Bellingham is named in the UEFA Champions League Team of the Season, as expected.

The loser of theChampions League finalwill earn £12.9 million (€14.7 million), while the winner will net £17.2 million (€20 million) in prize money. This means that Dortmund would earn around €22.5 million for losing the final, compared to €20 million for winning it. Even if Dortmund wins the final and Bellingham is named in the Team of the Season, they would earn only a marginally higher amount of money.

While the financial bonus would be a consolation, Dortmund players like Marco Reus, who will play his last game for the club in the final, are determined to win the coveted trophy. Dortmund completed an impressive run to the final by beating Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-final, despite selling Bellingham and superstar forward Erling Haaland in recent years.

The final is set to be a thrilling clash at the 90,000-capacity Wembley Stadium, which has hosted several high-profile events since reopening in 2007, including the 2011 and 2013 Champions League finals, UEFA EURO 2020, and UEFA Women's EURO 2022. If the score is level at the end of normal time, two 15-minute periods of extra time will be played, followed by a penalty shoot-out if necessary.

The Champions League final follows eventful semi-finals that saw Real Madrid produce a memorable comeback against Bayern Munich and Dortmund overcome Paris Saint-Germain. Regardless of the financial implications, both teams will be fully focused on lifting the prestigious UEFA Champions League trophy on June 1 at Wembley Stadium.