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Manchester City and PSG have been propelled to success by Abu Dhabi and Qatari investment... how do they compare before the Champions League clash?

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Manchester City and PSG have been propelled to success by Abu Dhabi and Qatari investment... how do they compare before the Champions League clash?
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Manchester City have reached the Champions League quarter-final for the first time in their history, and will take on Paris Saint-Germain
Both sides have been galvanised by investment from overseas
PSG are owned by Qatar Sports Investment, while City are controlled by a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi United

Manchester City's Champions League quest continues on Wednesday in France, where Manuel Pellegrini's side take on French champions Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter-final.

Both sides are an intriguing example of how overseas investment has galvanised clubs in modern football. PSG have been injected with wealth from Qatar Sports Investment, while the millions that have propelled City to multiple trophies have come from City Football Group, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi United.

Sportsmail compares the two sides ahead of the first leg encounter at the Parc des Princes 


 

PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN

Owners: Qatar Sports Investments, subsidiary of Qatar Investment Authority

Country: Qatar

President: Nasser Al-Khelaifi (42 years)

Best quote: 'We are building a team to be one of the best in Europe. Obviously, we believe in our targets and objectives, and we are really confident that the dreams are going to come true.' (The Guardian, 2012)

Other key board members: Leonardo (sporting director) 

about: Al-Khelaifi is a former professional tennis player, president of the Qatar Tennis Federation, chief executive of beIN Media Group, member of organising committee for FIFA Club world Cup.

Took over: October 2011

Manchester City and PSG have been propelled to success by Abu Dhabi and Qatari investment... how do they compare before the Champions League clash?

Manchester City and PSG have been propelled to success by Abu Dhabi and Qatari investment... how do they compare before the Champions League clash?

Worth: Qatar Investment Authority has assets totalling £120bn (according to Forbes)

Other business interests: Oil and natural gas, property investment, automotive industry (stakes in Porsche and Volkswagen), strategic partner with French Government, Harrods, largest shareholder in Sainsbury's, petrochemical projects in Malaysia.

Club valuation: £444m (Forbes)

Total revenues in 2014-15 season (Deloitte report): £383.9m (4th largest in world) including £59.3m matchday revenue, £80.5m broadcasting and £226m commercial.

Transfer spending since taking over: £306.8m

Biggest signing: Edinson Cavani from Napoli, £51m. Cavani has fired in 48 goals in 92 appearances since arriving in Paris in 2013 but his stay has not been as smooth as the goalscoring statistics suggest. 

There has been frequent talk of discontent at having to play out wide to accommodate Zlatan Ibrahimovic and he has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, Chelsea or Juventus at the end of the season.

Manchester City and PSG have been propelled to success by Abu Dhabi and Qatari investment... how do they compare before the Champions League clash?

Manchester City and PSG have been propelled to success by Abu Dhabi and Qatari investment... how do they compare before the Champions League clash?

Manchester City and PSG have been propelled to success by Abu Dhabi and Qatari investment... how do they compare before the Champions League clash?

Managers under their ownership: Antoine Kombouare (July 2009- Dec 2011), Carlo Ancelotti (Dec 2011 - July 2013), Laurent Blanc (2013-present). 

Manager salary: Laurent Blanc's deal runs until 2018 and is reportedly worth €5million (£4million) a year.

Honours since takeover: Ligue 1 title 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16; French Cup 2014-15; French League Cup 2013-14, 2014-15; Champions Trophy 2013, 2014, 2015.

Champions League best: Quarter-finals 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15

Twitter followers: 3.38m official account

Facebook page followers: 24.35m

 

MANCHESTER CITY

Owners: City Football Group, subsidiary of Abu Dhabi United

Country: United Arab Emirates

Chairman: Khaldoon Al Mubarak (Owner is Sheik Mansour)

Best quote: 'We are profitable... but there is an emotional side to it as well. I have travelled to Manchester, over the last seven years, more than any other place in the world, other than my home town of Abu Dhabi. This city, there is an emotional attachment to it – it’s a second home.' (Manchester Evening News, 2015).

Other key board members: Txiki Begiristain (Sporting director)

Manchester City and PSG have been propelled to success by Abu Dhabi and Qatari investment... how do they compare before the Champions League clash?

Manchester City and PSG have been propelled to success by Abu Dhabi and Qatari investment... how do they compare before the Champions League clash?

about: Al Mubarak is chief executive of Mubadala Development Company, sits on board of First Gulf Bank and Ferrari, member of Executive Council for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Took over: September 2008

Worth: Abu Dhabi United has assets of £555bn

Other business interests: Property, including 10-year partnership with Manchester City Council to redevelop areas of the city.

Club valuation: £964m (Forbes)

Total revenues in 2014-15 season (Deloitte): £370m (6th largest in world) including £43.4m matchday revenue, £135.4m broadcasting and £173.8m commercial.

Transfer spending since takeover: £789.26m

Biggest signing: Kevin de Bruyne from Wolfsburg, £55m. The Belgium attacker was discarded by Chelsea in 2014 and sold to Wolfsburg, despite two impressive seasons prior to that at Werder Bremen.

He has thrived in his first season at City, scoring six goals in 20 matches. But the level of his participation against PSG is to be determined, with De Bruyne having only played once since injuring knee ligaments in January against Everton.

Manchester City and PSG have been propelled to success by Abu Dhabi and Qatari investment... how do they compare before the Champions League clash?

Managers under their ownership: Sven-Goran Eriksson (July 2007 - June 2008), Mark Hughes (June 2008 - December 2009), Roberto Mancini (December 2009 - May 2013), Manuel Pellegrini (June 2013 - June 2016), Pep Guardiola (June 2016 - ).

Manager salary: Pep Guardiola £15m a year, Manuel Pellegrini £4.4million a year. 

Honours since takeover: Premier League 2011-12, 2013-14; FA Cup 2010-11; League Cup 2013-14, 2015-16; Community Shield 2012

Manchester City and PSG have been propelled to success by Abu Dhabi and Qatari investment... how do they compare before the Champions League clash?

Manchester City and PSG have been propelled to success by Abu Dhabi and Qatari investment... how do they compare before the Champions League clash?

Manchester City and PSG have been propelled to success by Abu Dhabi and Qatari investment... how do they compare before the Champions League clash?

Manchester City and PSG have been propelled to success by Abu Dhabi and Qatari investment... how do they compare before the Champions League clash?

Champions League best: Quarter-final 2015-16

Twitter followers: 3.14m

Facebook page followers: 20.6m 


 

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06 April 2016, 7:44