Premier League giants such as Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal are cashing in big time from their tour of the United States this summer and participation in the ongoing International Champions Cup.
City began their ICC campaign against Borussia Dortmund with a makeshift side filled with teenagers in addition to a few more recognised faces including club-record signing Riyad Mahrez, and are being well compensated for it.
According to Spanish newspaper El Mundo, the clubs involved are earning around €15million (£13.4million) for their participation in the competition.
It’s a staggering amount for a few games, with City still to face Liverpool and Bayern Munich before heading home and preparing for the Community Shield against Chelsea.
Other European giants in the competition, including Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, AC Milan and PSG, are also using the annual event to add money to their swelling coffers.
Tickets for the El Clasico last year between Barcelona and Real Madrid sold for over US$10,000 each, although demand this year in the early stages of the competition hasn’t been quite so high.
City’s opening game against Borussia Dortmund drew a crowd of 34,629 at the Soldier Field in Chicago – around half full – while Liverpool’s win over Dortmund at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte yesterday drew over 55,000, but still 20,000 short of capacity, perhaps a sign of friendly fatigue among American fans.