Does prize cash in soccer matter? – The Athletic

For people like Manchester City, who have won the Carabao Cup for the past four years, finding an extra fork for the cutlery drawer is the footballing equivalent.

But a value can be ascribed to the tournament which is dictated by the prize money.

Next February’s Carabao Cup winners (which will likely be City, as they have for six of the past eight seasons) will only get £ 100,000 for winning the trophy, though that’s double the £ 50,000 that the Runner-up will have gotten.

In context, that’s roughly the same amount a typical winning team makes on an episode of the UK television game show The Chase, and a little more than Lionel Messi makes a day at Paris Saint-Germain.

The 5GB of free cell phone data given to the man of the game in the South African equivalent of the Premier League could well be a more useful win.

Manchester City would have to win the Carabao Cup for the next 14 straight years just to hit the £ 1.8million that Emma Raducanu has just taken home the US Open Tennis. Unfortunately, in contrast to the US Open, there is no check handover to the Carabao Cup winner directly after the final whistle.

“Ultimately, everything is determined by the audience,” says Kieran Maguire, a football funding expert who wrote the book “The Price Of Football” for 2020 and is now hosting a podcast of the same name. “The big clubs (which also play in Europe) only enter in the third round of the Carabao Cup. As a fan you just say ‘Oh’ when you get knocked out.

“This is the driver.