In the past few years we’ve witnessed a surge in the acquisition of several European football clubs by wealthy foreign owners. Examples include Chelsea’s Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich, Manchester City’s Royal connection to Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Mansour, and Paris Saint Germain’s recent acquisition by the Qatar Investment Authority.
We’ve seen these new owners bring-in a lot of wealth and through that, some of the best players’ money can buy. Manchester City have transformed themselves into a top-notch Premier League club with fantastic signings including: Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri, Alvaro Negredo, Edin Dzeko and David Silva.
Two years ago, Manchester City won their first league title in 44 years in what was a dramatic final, courtesy of Sergio Aguero who scored the historic winner. Similarly, Roman Abramovich’s heavy investment in Chelsea has seen the club go on to become one of the best in the world.
In the last few years, Chelsea have won a league title, the UEFA Champions League, the Europa League and the FA Cup. Major signing’s including Eden Hazard, Oscar and Juan Mata have all contributed greatly to the club’s success.
French giants Paris Saint Germain, who were recently taken over by Qatar’s Investment Authority, have followed-suit by bringing in football superstars Zlatan Ibrahimovich, Edinson Cavani, Thiago Silva and Ezequiel Lavezzi. Both Chelsea and PSG were the biggest spenders in 2012-13, splashing in excess of over 200 million Euros on new signings.
Under their new Qatari owners, PSG have won the French Ligue 1 Title and have consistently qualified for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League.
Though Manchester United have not spent as much money as league rivals Chelsea and Manchester City, their American owners the Glazer family have not shied away from spending big when they needed to. Dutchman Robin Van Persie was signed from Arsenal for a reported £24 million, and was one of the main reasons United won the league title in 2013.
However, sometimes even the top players don’t live up to the price tag. Fernando Torres was signed by Chelsea from league rivals Liverpool for a reported £50 million, yet his performance with the blues has been described as ‘mediocre at-best’.
Could be the injuries he sustained or it could just be the pressure of the price-tag, whatever the reason, Fernando Torres is one player who has been unable to recapture the same form that made him a hero at Anfield. English media reports and sections of fans have hailed him the ‘£50 million flop’.
So the question remains, are wealthy foreign owners a catalyst to winning football silverware? Well, as it would appear they bring-in the best talent for the most money, and the silverware just seems to follow.
The answer… Hell yeah!