There was a time in football when big clubs only existed for those who had been around forever.
The likes of AC Milan and Juventus and Manchester United and Real Madrid called the shots until they did not. The entry of Chelsea under a billionaire owner changed the game and the likes of Manchester City and PSG followed suit.
PSG’s statement was clear – they were here to win – and were not shy of using their financial advantage to do so. The game was reaching a point close to rigging, so much so that FIFA and UEFA had to come together to pass the FFP rule – a law which made clubs accountable for the money they would spend.
PSG managed to bypass the law the first time when they signed Kylian Mbappe and Neymar in the same summer with payments spread over two summer and through players’ pockets.
However, their second reckoning has come and the Parisian club can only keep one of the two now – once again due to the FFP rules.
The huge salaries accounted for by the two players mean that PSG cannot sign both Neymar and Mbappe to an extension and the club will either have to choose Neymar, the inconsistent but match winner on his day or Mbappe, the potential future Ballon d’Or winner who is most likely to leave anyway in a few years!
Who do you think they should keep?