All European eyes are currently on France - and on Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco in particular.
When most French clubs are reeling on the back of the new tax ruling, struggling to keep their best players, these two clubs have gone and signed arguably two of Europe’s hottest properties, especially in the striking department, with the addition of Edinson Cavani and Radamel Falcao, respectively.
Backed by billionaire owners, Monaco and PSG are the talk of the European footballing world right now, with their seemingly bottomless wealth and their ability to outbid any football club on the planet, including the likes of Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City.
This, coupled with the fact that the clubs inhabit two of Europe’s most picturesque destinations in Paris and Monaco, means that the players get the feeling that they are on holiday, even while going about their work.
Last year, PSG showed Europe just what they are capable of, by almost knocking Barcelona out at the quarter-finals of the Champions League and winning the French Ligue 1 at a canter.
Buoyed by the addition of Europe’s most coveted centre-forward, in the form of Cavani, they will only get stronger and become even tougher to resist at this year’s Champions League, especially with an attack spearheaded by Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Monaco, on the other hand, have just been promoted to Ligue 1 and are already looking like title contenders thanks to the addition of top players like Falcao, João Moutinho, James Rodríguez and Ricardo Carvalho, for the upcoming season.
Backed by a billionaire owner, who isn’t afraid to splash the cash, Monaco will be looking to add a few more top players to their squad before the season begins. And the fact that Monaco is a tax haven will prove to be a temptation, which will be hard to resist for anybody who is contemplating a move away. And, it won’t be too long, before they are in the Champions League, going toe-to-toe with the big boys.
The rise to prominence of these two French clubs bodes well for the future of European football. The European footballing landscape has already been thrown wide open with the supposed decline of the English clubs and the arrival of the German duo of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
If Monaco and PSG continue on their upward trajectory, it won’t be long before two more teams are added into the elite list of clubs in Europe.
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