Borussia Dortmund will earn another $6 million if they lose to Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

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  • Borussia Dortmund will face Real Madrid in the 2023-24 Champions League final.
  • However, in a strange twist of fate, the German club will make more money if they lose the competition.

Borussia Dortmund fans cannot believe the success their club has enjoyed in recent times. The German team reached the UEFA Champions League final for the first time in over a decade, which certainly exceeded everyone’s expectations.

However, it is now revealed that their happiness may soon turn into complete confusion. And that could be due to a Real Madrid player who was once a highly respected figure around Signal Iduna Park.

Jude Bellingham has been a key figure in Real Madrid’s setup in the 23/24 season and has contributed greatly to their Champions League run. The Englishman is set to face his former club for the first time since leaving the club in the 2023 summer transfer window.

Bellingham started to cause problems for Borussia Dortmund before the final. Now it has been revealed that he has a strange clause in his contract at Real Madrid which will surely upset Dortmund fans.

The German team is set to earn a whopping $21.5 million bonus for winning the final, which will be held at London’s iconic Wembley Stadium. However, the club will earn around $6 million extra, if their former player Jude Bellingham lifts the trophy in his first season with Real Madrid due to a contract clause. That certainly left Borussia Dortmund with a choice between cashing in some extra cash or achieving the unthinkable.

Borussia Dortmund got a chance to make history against Real Madrid

It is highly unlikely that the club would want to lose the UCL final to earn them a $26.9 million transfer bonus. Money will not be a factor for the German side in the final, as Borussia Dortmund’s players have the chance to deliver the club’s first UCL trophy in more than 2 decades, after years of heartbreak.

The club’s only UCL victory came in the 1996/97 season when the team defeated Juventus in the final. Dortmund also reached the final in the 2012/13 season where they squared off against arch-rivals FC Bayern Munich. Coincidentally that final was also held at Wembley Stadium, just like this season. Borussia Dortmund, however, lost the final 2–1, with the late Arjen Robben scoring the winner.

Trophies were always out of reach for the German side who won the Bundesliga title on the last matchday of the previous season. Under the circumstances, the UCL final in 2024 will be a do-or-die situation for a fairly young team. Borussia Dortmund’s players have also received an extra boost from their long-time player Marco Reus, who has announced his departure from the club at the end of the season.

Borussia Dortmund’s hero is confident of winning the final after second leg victory over PSG.

Mats Hummels was certainly crucial for the German side in the 23/24 season semi-final against French giants Paris Saint-Germain. Standing like a wall at the heart of the Dortmund defence, the defender was adjudged man of the match in both legs. Besides making some crunching tackles, the German defender also scored the decisive goal that sealed a 1-0 win (2-0 on aggregate) in the 2nd leg.

It seems that Borussia Dortmund are looking very excited after their semi-final win. The players are confident of winning the final against Real Madrid, which has been their target since the group stages of this UCL edition.

This confidence was echoed by Mats Hummels when he said (via the BBC), “Since the second match of the group stage, we’ve believed we can win – and I don’t see why we shouldn’t at Wembley,” said the 35-year-old. “We’ve been able to take so much momentum out of the game and the atmosphere outside the stadium. That was our recipe for success.

The defender also joked about his tally of goals in European competition. he said “I have scored very few Champions League goals in my career, just five. Now is the time to add to that number.”

Borussia Dortmund will face Real Madrid in the final of the UCL on June 1, 2024 at Wembley Stadium. It will be interesting to see who emerges victorious from this exciting duel.

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