MANCHESTER CITY romped to this season's Premier League title, clinching glory with weeks to spare.
But while their output on the pitch increased this season, their prize money actually went down.
According to The Times, City chiefs bagged £163million for their efforts this season.
This figure is made up of their £123m 'equal share' payment afforded to every club in the Premier League this season.
And then a further £40m for winning the title, while runners-up Manchester United pocketed £38m, meaning their overall total was £161m.
Last season's champions Liverpool received £177m for winning the 2019-20 title – £14m more than City earned this year.
And even City themselves were awarded more last year despite only coming second, having pocketed £175m in 2019-20.
The changes this season narrowed the gap between what was earned by the teams at the top and the bottom of the division – with many clubs feeling the pinch of the coronavirus pandemic.
Last season there was a £79m gap between the £177m handed to champions Liverpool and bottom-placed Norwich's £98m.
While this year, that gap has shrunk to £38m, with bottom dwellers Sheffield United earning £125m compared to City's £163m.
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In fact, Sean Dyche's Burnley earned more for coming 17th this year than they received for coming tenth in 2019-20.
The Clarets received £131m for narrowly avoiding the drop this time around.
While they only received £129m for last year's top half finish.
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