The Europa League final is the biggest competition in Europe, so it’s no surprise that the most lucrative game in the calendar is usually the most expensive to produce.
The top five teams from the tournament earn €3.7 million each in ticket sales and broadcasting rights, while the top three earn €1.6 million apiece.
So who has the biggest ticket prices?
There’s no shortage of speculation, with many of the big ticket-holders claiming that they’re willing to pay as much as €40 million for the final.
According to some reports, Juventus are already preparing to pay more than €30 million for their Champions League debut and the Spanish giants are believed to be willing to match Real Madrid’s offer for Neymar.
However, according to an interview with The Times, Barcelona are also ready to bid €30m for the trophy, as they are still negotiating the sale of their La Masia academy.
In terms of the top five, the Juventus/Barcelona clash would be a major shocker.
The Bianconeri are in the hunt for a big-name transfer target, and they’ve already announced that they’ll sell Luis Suarez to Arsenal for a record fee of €85 million.
But even if they don’t sign Neymar, there’s still the possibility of the two sides working together to bring the trophy home.
Barcelona’s top two, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, are believed by some to be keen to sell Suarez and the Catalans have been linked with a move for Real Madrid star Gareth Bale.
But what about Juventus?
The Bianconeros’ biggest rival in Europe has also made a huge offer for Suarez and will likely demand €50 million.
Juventus are said to be preparing a bid of €30-35 million for Neymars future, and the Biancones are also looking to bring in a new signing from Real Madrid.
And if there’s any doubt that Juventus are interested in Neymar and could use the Champions League final to sell the Barcelona star, they’re not alone.
Manchester United have been talking to Juventus and have also expressed an interest in Neymar.
This could all be a ruse to get the final done in time for the World Cup, but the timing could be crucial.
If the Biancos win the Champions league, the final could be played in front of a sellout crowd of 23,000, but it’s also highly likely that the stadium will be packed with thousands of Juventus fans.