Carabao Cup final prize money: How much can Aston Villa and Man City win?

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says his players are “starving and hungry” for silverware. City head into the Carabao Cup final against Aston Villa bidding to win the trophy for the third year running.

“The mentality is the same, to be starving and hungry to win another one,” said Guardiola.

“There are no words to express my gratitude to these players. It is so difficult to maintain that hunger.”

Villa manager Dean Smith does not see the club’s past successes in the competition as “a weight”.

The Midlands club have won the League Cup on five previous occasions.

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Smith added: “If anybody had told me nine years ago, when I started out as manager of Walsall that I’d be a Premier League manager leading Villa into a cup final with a chance to win a trophy then I would have said they’re crackers.

“We’ve done well to get to the final, and now we’ve an opportunity against one of the world’s best teams.”

The Carabao Cup final between Villa and City kicks off at 4.30pm.

How much can teams earn in the Carabao Cup final?

Amazingly, prize money in the Carabao Cup is only awarded from the semi-finals onwards.


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This means that clubs who went out at the quarter-final stage did not receive any cash for their efforts.

The Carabao Cup’s prize fund stands at just £200,000, with the losing semi-finalists each receiving £25,000.

The winners of this year’s final between Villa and City will take home £100,000.

The losing finalists will walk away with £50,000.

The prize money pales in comparison to the FA Cup, where the champions earn an impressive £3.6million.

In fact, the FA Cup third round alone is more valuable than winning the Carabao Cup with a prize of £135,000 up for grabs.

However, while the Carabao Cup’s purse may not seem like a huge amount, this does not include money generated through gate receipts and television deals.

Unlike league games, the total sum collected from a Carabao Cup tie is split 45 per cent each way, regardless of where the fixture is played.

The final at Wembley last season saw £2m collected at the gates, meaning each club took home £1m.


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Carabao Cup prize money breakdown

Semi-finals – £25,000

Runners-up – £50,000

Winners – £100,000

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