Ibrahimovic, Beckham, Verratti, Marquinhos, Cavani, Di María, Neymar, Mbappé … The list is very long, but these are some of the reinforcements that have placed the PSG in another dimension in the last ten years, specifically since Qatar Sport Investment, the sovereign wealth fund of Qatar, took ownership of the club just ten years ago.
While the Champions It is still the pending subject, a trophy that in the last ten years only six clubs have been distributed: Real Madrid (4), Bayern and Chelsea (2) and Liverpool and Barcelona (1), it is clear that the club has made a leap at all levels. In 18 years at the helm of Chelsea, Russian tycoon Abramovich has achieved two Champions, Barça one and the City, 13 years after falling into the hands of the Abu Dhabi fund, none, which speaks of the difficulty of winning La Orejona. But in Europe, PSG is a regular in the decisive rounds and on the economic and social level they are already among the first on the list, but the closest they have come was the final two seasons ago against them. Bayern and the semifinal in the present before City.
The road has not been easy. He had to fight to defend his operations against the Financial Fair Play and adapt their sponsorship contracts to the requirements of UEFA. The arrival of Neymar and Mbappé, with a disbursement of 222 million and 180 respectively, it was already the definitive jump to the first line. These are some of the changes:
1.9 billion in taxes
According to a recent study by the University of Law and Sports Economics (CDES) that advanced MARCA, PSG has already left to the French State coffers 1,900 million in taxes, derived from the salaries of footballers, social charges, corporate and local taxes in the Paris region). Without entering the income in players, CEDES calculates in 102.2 million investment by the Qatari investment fund in these ten years in sports infrastructures for the club, between the Parc des Princes and the Ooredoo training center, and in the various marketing, communication or sponsorship activities).
In the top ten of the richest clubs in Europe
PSG has been climbing positions throughout this ten years in the Forbes ranking of the most valuable clubs on the market. In this 2021 it has already been placed among the ten richest of this ranking, with a value of 2,500 million euros, with the highest growth in the last five years among the major sports competitions (NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB and the major European football leagues), with 207%: It is also the club that grows the most in income, up to 540.6 in 2020.
From 500,000 followers on networks, to more than 100 million:
The social impact of PSG and in the media has also been reflected in their social networks. When Qatar landed in Paris there were 500,000 followers and this past March the number of 100 million of followers between all its platforms.
87 Champions League games and 27 titles
PSG is a regular in the Champions League and proof of this is that most of the players with the most matches in this competition are from Qatari investment since before the club’s presence in the European Cup was occasional. 50 wins, 16 draws and 21 losses. Verratti with 66 appearances and Marquinhos with 64 are the club’s players with the most appearances in the European Cup. From the previous stage, Paul Leguen added 21 and Lionel Letizi and Alain Roche, 18.. It has won seven Leagues, six French Cups, six League Cups and eight Super Cups.
350 million euros in the new Sports City
Qatar’s most ambitious project is in the future PSG Sports City in Poissy, which is scheduled for 2023 and whose impact includes the CEDES study. With an investment of more than 350 million euros, mobilizes 1,000 jobs in this construction period and will house 200 jobs permanent once the floor is made a reality. The new PSG center will place the club among the most valuable sports franchises in the world.