In November 2011, the Qatari Sports Investments (QSI), a subsidiary of the Qatari sovereign wealth fund, bought Paris Saint-Germain for 50 million euros.
The objective was clear – take PSG into the elite of European football and become the dominant force in Ligue 1.
Now, almost a decade later, they have reached their first Champions Leaguefinal after beating RB Leipzig in the last four.
Nasser Al-Khelaifi, a former professional tennier player, has led the QSI project from the very start, holding the president and director general roles.
Al-Khelaifi balances his commitments between PSG, QSI, the Qatari Tennis Federation and beIN Sports.
In order to achieve their goals, PSG have invested 1.268 billion euros in 43 different signings.
The first to arrive were the likes of Thiago Silva and Javier Pastore (both 42 million euros), while Zlatan Ibrahimovic (21m), Edinson Cavani (64.5m), Angel Di Maria(63m) and David Luiz (49.5m) followed in the years that followed.
In the summer of 2017, PSG went up a level, forking out 222 million euros to pay for Neymar before securing Kylian Mbappe on a loan with an obligation to buy from Monaco for 145 million euros.
It’s just 90 mins standing in their way and their first ever Champions League title. The French Champions are in the final of Europe’s biggest stage after spending 1.2b euros in the transfer market.
Marca.com/Adapted by Ozilala