Like it or not, football is now game of money. Disregarding the odd exception, quite simply if you have money you are going to do well.
It seems that in this day and age we are always hearing about business tycoons investing exceptional amounts of money into a club of their choice. England’s Manchester City, and Russia’s Anzhi Makhachkala are successful examples of this as both teams have seen a change in their owners that has ultimately helped them to improve greatly.
More recently we saw this with Paris Saint-Germain in 2012, who were taken over by Qatar Investment Authority. This move helped PSG manage to win their first French Ligue 1 title since 1994.
Olympique de Marseille, Montpellier HSC and Olympique Lyonnais, three of the big French teams, were all unable to contend with a PSG side who dominated the top division last season.
However, now we are beginning to see the emergence of another team, AS Monaco - a team who managed to reach the UEFA Champions League final in the 2003/04 season, but have since failed to replicate their success in their domestic and the European competition since.
Not long ago, Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev completed his takeover of the current Ligue 2 champions, and has taken very little time to begin his mission to make his club once again one of the top teams in world football.
A combined fee of just over £110million has been used to bring in three top players, former Atletico Madrid goal machine Radamel Falcao, as well as Porto’s tricky winger and their main playmaker, James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho.
These are three of what is likely to be an ever-growing list of football’s top stars that will play at Stade Louis II in the near future.
With names as big as Cristiano Ronaldo being linked with Claudio Raneri’s side, Monaco fans have a lot to look forward to in the near future. Alternatively, Paris Saint-Germain have a reason to be worried. They themselves have seen just how easy a team can go from nothing to a major European threat thanks to investment.
The battle between PSG and newcomers Monaco is definitely one to keep an eye on.
Only time will tell if the French champions can regain their number one spot, or if the Monaco march will be too much for them.
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