Champions League Glory far from PSG reach despite spending over €1 billion on transfers in 7 years

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PSG have been knocked out of this season champions league by Real Madrid. They failed to overturn their 3-1 defeat at Santiago Bernabeu, as they lost at home 1-2 to lose 5-2 on aggregate.

Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) took over PSG in June 2011. It’s no denying that their main objective for the paris-based club, was to see them compete with other European giants.

And as a result, QIA lead by Nasser Al Khelaifi has invested €1 billion on transfers since 2011. Although PSG has gone from a middle-table team in France to the best team in the league and one of Europe elite teams, they have failed to land the ultimate prize which is the UEFA Champions League.

 

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Below is the breakdown of PSG transfer dealings for each seasons:

2011/2012 season

€95.8M
Key signings: Javier Pastore, Blaise Matuidi and Kevin Gameiro.

2012/2013 season

€110.8M
Key signings: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Marco Verratti

2013/2014 season

€109.4M
Key signings: Edinson Cavani, Marquinhos and Lucas Digne

2014/2015 season

€49.5M
Key signing: David Luiz

2015/2016 season

€114M
Key signings: Angel Di Maria, Layvin Kurzawa and Serge Aurier

2016/2017 season

€136M
Key signings: Julian Draxler, Giovani Lo Celso, Jese and Grzegorz Krychowiak

2017/2018 season

€418M
Key signings: Neymar and Kylian Mbappe

In conclusion, this goes to show buying quality players doesn’t guarantee success, at least to some extent. Speaking after his team home loss to Real Madrid, PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi said “We still believe in our project, This is not the time to make changes. We are happy with our investments. We believe in our players, Mbappe and Neymar are the future of the club.”

Neymar and Mbappe are definitely young and arguably haven’t reached their peak yet. But i think it’s time PSG tries a different approach to their business, and look to build from the foundation.

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