Real Madrid & Dortmund will play Champions League final, the strange reason why Dortmund will earn more if they lose

Borussia Dortmund would earn more money if they lose against Real Madrid rather than winning the Champions League trophy.

By Emmanuel Mendez

Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid's badges with the background of Wembley Stadium.
Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid's badges with the background of Wembley Stadium.
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While Borussia Dortmund has reached the Champions League final and will play against Real Madrid at Wembley Stadium, the German club would earn more money if they lost the match in the final. Reports in Germany suggest that Dortmund will receive around €25m or $26.8m from Real Madrid as add-ons if Jude Bellingham wins the Champions League. On the other hand, they will receive €20m or $21.5m from UEFA if they win the Champions League. Bellingham joined Real Madrid last summer from Dortmund for around $110 million. The English midfielder started his career with Dortmund in 2020

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Since Bellingham joined Dortmund in 2020, he has played a total of 132 matches in all competitions. The midfielder scored 24 goals and provided 25 assists during his time in Germany, where he won a German Cup in the 2020/2021 season. These three seasons with BVB impressed Real Madrid, and the Spanish club decided to sign him last summer. He has become one of the most vital players in the squad.

This season, Bellingham has played a total of 39 matches in all competitions with Real Madrid. He scored 22 goals and 10 assists in all competitions, and in La Liga, he scored 18 goals and provided four assists in 26 league games. He is the second top goalscorer of La Liga with 18, while Girona striker Artem Dovbyk is leading the charts with 20 goals. Bellingham has won the La Liga title and the Spanish Super Cup this season. Now advancing to the Champions League final, Bellingham will play his former club a year later in the biggest final of his career at Wembley Stadium.

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Jude Bellingham's reaction to play Dortmund in the final

Bellingham was happy to advance to the Champions League final with Real Madrid, but it will be weird for him to face his former club, Dortmund, in the final. When asked if he wished for a different opponent, Bellingham said, "Would I have preferred another opponent in the final? We got here because we deserved it; they got there because they deserved it. You can’t cherry-pick a final. It will be a great game.”

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