Football – Mercato – PSG
Since the takeover of PSG by Qatar in 2011, many XXL operations have been carried out on the transfer market by the capital club. But some moves in the transfer window have truly marked the history of PSG, and here are the top 5 spectacular transfers of the QSI era.
1-Lionel Messi in 2021
After a long soap opera, Lionel Messi finally learned in July 2021 that the FC Barcelona was unable to extend his contract which had expired. The Argentinian striker was therefore forced to leave his lifelong club, and it was finally the PSG who managed an incredible blow by recovering Messi without having to drop any transfer fee to the Barca. Even if his first season in Paris turned out to be rather disappointing, Messi still has a year of contract to try to find his best level with the PSG.
2-Neymar in 2017
Before Lionel Messi, the PSG had succeeded in another operation which caused a stir on the side of Barcelona since in the summer of 2017, just a few months after the comeback suffered at Camp Nou in the Champions League, the Qatar had decided to take revenge on the transfer window. Result: the PSG paid the €222 million of the amount of the release clause of Neymar, making the Brazilian striker the most expensive player in football history. Record in progress. And Neymar arrived with great fanfare at PSG by becoming the new big star of the QSI project, while its future now seems threatened…
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3-Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 2012
In the summer of 2012, only one year after the takeover of PSG speak Qatar, Leonardo wanted to achieve a huge blow in attack to boost a little the big project put in place. With his very important network in Serie A, the former sporting director of PSG managed to bring Zlatan Ibrahimovic coming from A.C. Milan, and the Swedish striker was therefore the first big star of the QSI project. He will have finally spent 4 years at the Parc des Princes, before leaving free in 2016 after a very remarkable passage.
4-Kylian Mbappé in 2017
A few weeks after the legendary transfer of Neymar in August 2017, the PSG wanted to strike another blow on the transfer market with the big revelation of the moment in French football: Kylian Mbappe. The young phenomenon of theAS Monaco, who had joined the professional group a few months earlier, had largely contributed to the title of the Principality club in Ligue 1 as well as to its semi-final of the Champions League. Finally, Mbappe landed at PSG for €180m, and he quickly made himself indispensable within the Ile-de-France club as evidenced by the entire soap opera around his contract extension this year.
5-David Beckham in January 2013
Many observers described this recruitment as being more a buzz shot than a real sporting contribution, but it is clear that it left no one indifferent at the time: in January 2013, the PSG had signed David Beckham for a six-month freelance, and the English winger retired to the Parc des Princes at the end of this season.