Paris Saint-Germain have been simply incredible in the transfer market since the last eight years but that’s not it!
Paris Saint-Germain have been attracting talented players from around the world for quite some time.
It is June 2011. Stuck at the bottom or above those places in the Ligue 1, Paris Saint-Germain are struggling for their identity.
In comes the Qatar Sports Investment group to purchase the club for just 40 million Euros. Since then, nothing has been the same for PSG. The purchase changed the face of French Ligue 1 as Paris Saint-Germain became a force to be reckoned with in France and in Europe.
Leonardo was the club’s first sporting director under the new management and was given a budget of 100 million Euros to start with. The carte blanche was given to make the Parisians the biggest team in Europe.
The likes of Javier Pastore, Edinson Cavani, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Angel Di Maria, Marco Verratti and David Luiz have been signed in recent years. However, it is not these players who have made Paris Saint-Germain a global brand.
Those signings were just an appetizer before the real fireworks began in the summer of 2017. The club signed Neymar and Kylian Mbappe for around 400 million Euros. That was an absolute hammer of a summer market for the Ligue 1 heavyweights.
This however, isn’t the first time Les Parisiens have made such moves in the transfer market.
They signed George Weak in 1992, Rai followed in 1993. Five years later, Nigerian legend, Jay-Jay Okocha was brought for 17.4 million Euros. Ronaldinho signed in 2001 and was sold for 32 million Euros at FC Barcelona a couple of years later.
While Zlatan Ibrahimovic did say that Paris Saint-Germain don’t have the history, the Swede is wrong since legendary players did come and go at the French club long before the coffers started beginning to fill up under the Qatari management.
And while many players were successful at the club, some failed miserably. For instance, Mateja Kezman ruined his relationship with fans after he threw his jersey on the pitch. Serguei Semak was a rather compulsive buy than a great idea. The legendary Brazilian duo of Souza and Everton flopped miserably.
The same can be said of a lot of players the club signed under the Qatari reign. For instance, Luiz was bought from Chelsea but ended up playing only once. Hatem Ben Arfa signed from Newcastle United and then got on the wrong signed of the top management.
However if compared to the various purchases made by other big clubs around Europe, one has to say that Paris Saint-Germain have done a pretty good job.
Some might say that signing Neymar was a wrong decision because the Brazilian was eventually get bored of playing in France. However, whenever he has been on the field, the former Barcelona man has always made a huge difference.
In short, Paris Saint-Germain can be considered one of the most successful sides when it comes to signing players in the transfer market in the last ten years.