PSG are like Kim Kardashian – fun to look at, but you wonder if it isn’t just a soulless, hollow veneer.
If PSG had a sprit animal it would be a piñata full of money.
The meteoric rise of the club thanks to its Qatari sugar daddy just doesn’t sit right with me.
Call me old fashioned, but I think footballing excellence is something to be attained over time through hard work. I know that’s not the world we live in, but PSG’s ascension to world power has been particularly egregious.
Since being absorbed by the state-owned Qatari Investment Authority in 2011, the club has spent $380 million importing talent.
$78 million for Edinson Cavani, $52 million for Javier Pastore, $51 million for Thiago Silva, $49 million for Lucas Moura, and the list goes on.
I’m not saying Cavani wasn’t worth the money – peep these highlights to see what $78 million gets you.
Granted, there is more going on at Manchester United, Barcelona, and Real Madrid than just hard work. Messi ain’t playin’ for peanuts – they’re paying him $700,000 a week.
But at least Barcelona has quasi-sustainable system in place with their academy. Bayern Munich too – all top talent from the Bundesliga ends up there. These other clubs, though? Maintaining their status as soccer elites is going to become an increasingly costly initiative.
At least Messi was a product of La Maisa. PSG’s players were produced by one thing: cold, hard cash.
UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations are a joke. Not only are they openly flaunted by the clubs that they’re designed to keep in check – the Man Citys and PSGs of the world – but they’ve been almost entirely removed. PSG could spend up to $320 million this summer and be in accordance with the letter of the law.
PSG doesn’t even have to compete domestically. They waltzed to first place finishes in Ligue 1 in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. Might as well just give them 2017 now; nobody in the French league is touching them.
While big money has always tainted soccer, it’s encroached from the periphery of the sport to become the driving force that the game orbits around.