Money can’t buy happiness. That’s a mantra that rings true in many facets of life, but in the case of Paris Saint-Germain the French side have been doing just fine operating under unlimited financial means since the club was overtaken by Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) in 2011.
Since club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and the rest of Qatar’s powerful brass took over nearly a decade ago, money has reigned supreme in France and it’s led to a great deal of success both on and off the pitch.
For starters, the club’s presence on a global scale has never been more significant and that’s in large part due to the star talent the organization has been able to acquire over the years.
PSG’s relevance created one of the most important branding deals in recent football history when the club signed on with Nike’s Jordan Brand, an iconic global presence founded by none other than Michael Jordan himself.
During Qatar’s influence on the club, PSG have won Ligue 1 seven times and reached the Champions League final just two seasons ago.
With that goal in mind, PSG dug even deeper into its infinite checkbook this summer, adding onto existing superstar talents like Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Angel di Maria.
When Lionel Messi’s contract situation at Barcelona became so dire that the Argentina legend was forced to leave the club, the Parisians pounced and secured one of the greatest footballers of all-time to move to the Parc des Princes.
The club had previously already added Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Achraf Hakimi and Giorginio Wijnaldum during the summer transfer window to bolster an already-talented roster.