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Qatar against Abu Dhabi, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi against Khaldoon Al Mubarak, a selection worth 998 million against a selection worth 1.05 billion. In other words: the wealthy Paris Saint-Germain against the wealthy Manchester City. Tonight at 9 p.m. in the Parc des Princes: two teams eager for the Cup with the Big Ears. A look at the staggering amounts of money involved in both teams.




Those who did not know better would think that Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City have been participating in the World Cup for years. As a result, tonight’s two most valuable squads of this Champions League season will face each other. The total squad of Manchester City represents according to Transfermarkt.nl a value of 1.05 billion euros while the value of the total Paris Saint-Germain selection is estimated at 997.75 million euros. For comparison: the total value of the Ajax selection is 343.2 million euros.

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Paris Saint Germain
Three years after the financial wind from Abu Dhabi started blowing at Manchester City (2008), Qatar Sports Investments (2011) arrived in Paris. The consequence? An apparently unstoppable flow of money.

In the 2010/2011 season, Nenê was brought to the French capital for 5 million euros. That was the biggest expense that summer, the last before the Qatare takeover. From the summer of 2011, the pennies sloshed from the money tap in Paris. Immediately, 107.1 million euros was spent on players with Javier Pastore as a brand new record purchase (42 million euros). A season later, signings such as Thiago Silva, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marco Verratti followed, as well as transfer-free David Beckham to reaffirm Paris Saint-Gemain’s new status as a top European club.

Prices since the takeover:
Ligue 1 (7x)
Trophee des Champions (8x)
Coupe de France (6x)
Coupe de la Ligue (6x)

To this day, the money tap has by no means stopped flowing. Although PSG spent ‘only’ €83 million in transfers this summer, top salaries were ready for transfer-free Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Georginio Wijnaldum and Gianluigi Donnarumma.

On average, in eleven seasons, 127.24 million euros per season was spent on new players in Paris, a total of about 1.4 billion euros. It is not for nothing that two players from Paris Saint-Germain are at the top of the list of most expensive players ever: Neymar (222 million euros) and Kylian Mbappé (145 million euros). In comparison, only €453 million was earned from players in the same time frame. A simple calculation shows a negative transfer balance of approximately 1 billion euros.

Check out Paris Saint-Germain’s expenses since the acquisition of Qatar Sports Investments below. Text continues below the table.


Manchester City
Manchester City had already fallen into Thai hands in 2007, but a year later the takeover of the Abu Dhabi United Group immediately followed and the stamp from the Middle East was immediately made with more than 157 million euros in new players, including Robinho, Nigel de Jong and Vincent Kompany. It turned out to be just the start of a series full of expensive transfer summers with the 2017/18 season as the ultimate highlight. In that season, no less than 317.5 million euros was spent on new players.

Since the Abu Dhabi United Group took possession of Manchester City, a total of no less than 2.13 billion euros has been spent on new players: an average of around 143 million euros. Tellingly, the ten most expensive purchases in Manchester City’s club history are all players who are currently still with them The Citizens play. The amount that the departed players made in that period? 636 million euros. In short: here too a negative transfer balance of about 1.5 billion euros.

Prices Manchester City since the takeover:
Premier League (4x)
FA Cup (2x)
League Cup (6x)
Community Shield (3x)

Last summer proved that the bottom of the light blue money sea is not yet in sight. Kevin De Bruyne had been Manchester City’s record purchase since the 2015/2016 season, but the €76 million paid for the Belgian was shattered this summer. Jack Grealish came to Manchester City for 117.5 million euros and must finally give coach Pep Guardiola’s team the Cup with the Big Ears, because it is still missing from the trophy cabinet of the The Citizens.

Check out Manchester City’s expenses since the takeover of Abu Dhabi United Group below. Text continues below the table.


Paris Saint-Germain – Manchester City: most expensive game ever? This is how both clubs spent billions of euros | Sport
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