Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United. Each have enjoyed their own batch of success, each have dominated in their own way in years gone by and each continue to dominate as time goes on.

No one, however, pictures Manchester City in this way. 

Since the shock transfer of Robinho for £32.5 million in 2008, a price that had most people wondering, "where on earth did the money come from?", Manchester City has been dubbed one of the financial super powers of the footballing world. 

Able to throw money anywhere at anytime in recent years, players have flocked to the Etihad pocketing high salaries and higher bonuses. Before the funding became available, Manchester City was in the shadow of it's red counterpart with seasons of disappointing table finishes and mediocre football - then  the floodgates opened and the likes of David Silva, Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri, Sergio Aguero and many more poured themselves onto the lap of one Roberto Mancini. And what a time it has been. 

The FA Cup, Premier League and Community shield has come as a direct result of investments, all in the space of four years. 

So where now? Jose Mourinho himself has already stated to reporters that he believes Champions League glory will come to City, and it's not a surprise looking at the resources they've built up. 

On the forefront of things, the star-studded squad they've built is one thing to drool at, but behind the scenes City have also been signing some big names with the capture of their now sporting director Txiki Begiristain - previously on Barcelona's books. 

With the addition of Begiristan there is definitely a plan being formed to ensure long term success comes to the Etihad - and success has come thick and fast to the Etihad. 

It is strange to see how quickly standards change. Even if the FA Cup finds it way to the Etihad, it has been considered a disappointing season by the fans. it's plain to see that success is on the cards at City - an inevitability that could soon build on itself enough to result in total domination of the domestic and European game alike - what do you think?

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