Manchester City and PSG will meet on Tuesday in the most anticipated match of the UEFA Champions League group stage. The French and English will play the second round of group A in search of qualifying for the next round of 16. With a large amount of economic capital as a basis to promote the projectBoth teams have signed huge amounts in recent years with their sights set on lifting the institution’s first Champions League.
While both teams fight for glory on the field of play and in 90 minutes, Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Arab, and Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Qatari, have their own wallet duel in the transfer market to swell the squads and pave the way to the title, which has led to both teams being referred to as club-states.
Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan became the owner of Manchester City in 2008. Since his arrival in England, his goal has been to put the Citizens in the elite of world football and, at least at the local level, he has more than succeeded. After winning the Premier League for the first time in the 2011-2012 season, Guardiola’s hiring was essential to finish establishing himself in England and achieving four more titles in 2013-2014, 2017-2018, 2018-2019 and 2020-2021. However, the The Champions League remains the great thorn in the life of Manchester City. Although he reached the final last year, where he lost to Chelsea, and is getting closer to the goal, he still cannot hit the nail on the head and the desire to lift the Orejona every year grows more intense.
The case of the Parisian club is similar. Nasser Al-Khelaifi took command of the institution in 2011 in search of putting PSG at the top of football. The economic injection was also huge and he managed to hire many stars such as Ibrahimovic, Beckham, Messi or Mbappé, although he broke the market in 2017 when he decided to invest more than 200 million in Neymar, his great signing.
Despite national successes and achieving hegemony in Ligue 1, PSG’s aspirations continue to be focused on the Champions League. Like City, the French stroked the title in 2020 after losing the final to Bayern Munich and played the semifinals in the last edition. This year, with the Messi-Neymar-Mbappé trident and with the arrivals of Sergio Ramos, Donnarumma and company, Al-Khelaifi’s team is everyone’s favorite to finally break the curse of the Orejona.
According Transfermarkt, both teams are currently positioned as the most valuable in the world, with City above PSG. While the English institution has a value of 1.05 billion euros, the French are below with a figure of 997.25 million euros. Nevertheless, It is the Al-Khelaifi team that owns the most valuable footballer of today: Kylian Mbappé (160 million euros). Kevin De Bruyne ranks as the Citizen most valuable with an amount of 100 million euros.
AL-KHELAIFI VS. MANSOUR BIN ZAYED AL NAHYAN: THE MOST EXPENSIVE SIGNINGS OF HIS MANDATES
As soon as he landed in Manchester in 2008, Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan paid 43 million euros for the Brazilian jewel Robinho, who did not have a great step at City. In subsequent years, great players such as Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez, Yaya Toure, Edin Dzeko, De Bruyne, Sterling and, currently Grealish, who became the most expensive signing in the history of the Premier League, they donned the Manchester jersey. For its part, the French club acquired the services of stars such as Pastore, Ibrahimovic, Beckham, Thiago Silva, Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos, Messi, Neymar, Mbappé and Cavani, among others.
The most expensive signings in the history of PSG
1) Neymar: 222 million euros
2) Kylian Mbappé: 145 million euros
3) Edinson Cavani: 64.5 million euros
4) Ángel Di María: 63 million euros
5) Achraf Hakimi: 60 million euros
6) Mauro Icardi: 50 million euros
7) David Luiz: 49.5 million euros
8) Thiago Silva: 42 million euros
9) Javier Pastore: 42 million euros
10) Lucas Moura: 40 million euros
The most expensive transfers in the history of Manchester City
1) Jack Grealish: 117.5 million euros
2) Kevin De Bruyne: 76 million euros
3) Rubén Dias: 68 million euros
4) Riyad Mahrez: 67.8 million euros
5) Joao Cancelo: 65 million euros
6) Aymeric Laporte: 65 million euros
7) Raheem Sterling: 63.7 million euros
8) Rodri: 62.7 million euros
9) Benjamin Mendy: 57.5 million euros
10) John Stones: 55.6 million euros
SAME IDEA, DIFFERENT APPROACH
Although economic capital is the main coincidence between both projects when seeking the great international achievement, When reviewing the list of the most expensive signings in both clubs, it is clear where each team put their eye: While PSG focused mainly on thickening its offensive line with high-level stars, Manchester City opted for reinforcements in the baseline, with defenders being the main additions. If we extend the analysis to the first 20 signings, City has decided to invest its money in 9 defenders, 6 attackers and 5 midfielders. Paris, for its part, of the 20 most expensive, 10 have been attackers, 6 defenders and 4 flyers.
Despite the exorbitant amounts, the stars acquired and the attempts to form Dream teams, neither Al-Khelaifi nor Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan have managed to bring this economic supremacy to the international showcases of their respective clubs, which are still awaiting their first Champions League.