August 4, 2012 9:30am CST
Hey there everyone. Paris Saint-Germain has been bought by an Arab. And ever since that they got lots of money and are starting to buy lots and lots of players at high prices. Because of this I've seen lots of people making jokes that they don't have something because 'P$G' bought it. And then I saw a question, a question that I wanted to ask you guys. The question is this, Is Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City ruining football with their money? I'm not sure about you but here are my thoughts. I don't really think money is ruining football but I think that it's better if you create your own talent then buy it like PSG and City have done. A good example is Barcelona, they didn't buy Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol, Messi, etc. The players I mentioned all started at Barcelona B or Barcelona C. So, what are your thoughts about PSG buying, is it ruining football?
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5 Aug 12
Of course, after Man City, PSG is the next club to be bankrolled by an Arab. They are buying players like crazy this season. The key would be how they perform at the Champions League level, because in the French Ligue 1, they are going to be the dominant team. Of course, with so much money in the hands of the owners, these cash rich clubs are really running the football leagues these days. First it was Chelsea, then Man City and now PSG. Cheers! Ram
5 Aug 12
I do not think that it is ruining football but clubs such as PSG and Manchester City have got to be very careful because one day their extremely rich owners may have had enough of their new toys and decide to buy something else which would leave these clubs in a great deal of financial trouble.
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8 Aug 12
In 10 years all these clubs will be sold again as they are not earning an income and like all good things they must come to an end. The Middle Eastern investors won't have the resources like they do now in a few years(due to wastage). At least it will give the club a good few years ahead with good players and a lot of additional income for whatever reason and perhaps PSG might get more fans as France has a large Arab population so they might root for their own(?). Either way I think this is a good thing.
6 Aug 12
If you have the talents in your house, you don't need to buy. If you have none and it so happens that you have some surplus money, you go out and buy as many as you can afford in order to build a good team. Isn't it logical? The moneybag clubs of today all have their own youth academies. It is easy to set up football schools. What is hard to come by are the talents. They may have to train 100 of 10-15 year old boys to unearth someone with a little bit more potential. And there is no guarantee that the boy will be a Messi by the time he is 17 or 19. Even Barcelona had to buy David Villa, Alexis Sánchez, Ibrahim Afellay, Cesc Fábregas, Javier Mascherano, Jordi Alba, Dani Alves, Adriano and Gerard Piqué, a total of 9 players in their current squad, apart from their other famed youth academy players, to make up a great team. If Barcelona, having a great academy, could buy 9 players, it is fair enough for PSG to buy 18 with their money and lousy academy. Buying won't ruin football. It is just a commercial activity. It is a case of supply and demand. The market will gradually evolve itself to balance out the heavy weights. Similarly the teams that were under attack by the rich teams will soon find a way to adjust themselves to the real world and play their part in it.
6 Aug 12
Before PSG, it was Man City and Chelsea. With billionaires holding the fort, they are literally buying their way to titles. But one got to look at Malaga and its current crisis. Since the rich Qatari Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani took over the club, he spent €52 million on revamping the side. Thou it seems to be working as they clinched the fourth place in the La Liga, they have now failed to pay the players salaries. The rich owner is now not pumping money into the club and unless they resolve the issue, the club will be relegated. The same could have happened to moneybags like Man City and Chelsea. While it is great for the fans to be able to see marqee players plying their trade in the team, all it takes is for the owner to hold back the purse and they will be in deep trouble.