Aafter years of massive investments by the Abu Dhabi group, Manchester city have finally reached the Champions League final.
A hug from Riyad Mahrez finished Paris Saint GermainHopes for consecutive finals, and the English have now left for Istanbul in three weeks to try to win their very first Champions League.
The Parisians, since their acquisition by Qatar Sports Investments ten years ago, have spent € 1.254 billion.
However, the spending of PSG, as disproportionate as it may seem, is derisory compared to what City have invested since 2008.
The English club spent € 2.016 billion since the takeover of Abu Dhabi, according to Transfermarkt.
They have paid over € 100million for new signings in ten different seasons and now, finally, they are in the final after ousting PSG.
Robinho of real Madrid was their first statement signing, joining for a fee of 40 million euros, which gave a glimpse of what was to come.
They achieved domestic success in 2011/12 in the form of the Premier League with the infamous delay With Aguero strike, their first league title since 1967/68.
Three more premier league titles have since arrived and one more should be in the bag this weekend. They also won two FA Cups, six League Cups and three Community Shields, but continental success eluded them. Their best effort before 2021 was when they reached the semi-finals with Manuel Pellegrini in 2016.
Not even the arrival of Pep guardiola brought immediate success in Europe but, now with the world’s most valuable team this season – worth 1.13 billion according to Transfermarkt – they are in the final.