Massive boost to AFC Champions League prizemoney

The winner of the 2016 AFC Champions League will pocket a tidy US$3 million, double what the current holders Guangzhou Evergrande took home this year.

The Asian Football Confederation announced a massive increase in prizemoney for the club that triumphs in the quest for the increasingly prestigious continental crown.

Those down the pecking order can also expect to reap the benefits of the cash injection.

Runners-up will earn double on this year’s take, bringing in $1.5m, and semi-finalist will see a significant rise in their pay day up by $80,000 to $200,000 per club.

Quarter-finalists will pull $40,000 more than their 2015 counterparts – now US$120,000 per club – while any claub aking it to the Round of 16 will earn $80,000 up $30,000.

Winners of the 2016 AFC Cup are also in for a big bonus with a rise from US$350,000 in 2015 to US$1m in 2016.

A-League clubs Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC will both complete in the 2016 AFC Champions League,while Adelaide United will go into a playoff for a spot in the competition.

“The increases in prize money in both the AFC Champions League and AFC Cup will further increase the appeal of these competitions,” AFC General Secretary Dato' Windsor John said on Thursday.

“This is a significant boost and investment in the future of club football in Asia and will make competition for both continental titles even fiercer than before.

Clubs in the AFC Champions League stand to pocket more than $3.5 million in performance bonuses compared with previous years. 

*Amounts in US dollars