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Blow to the European nobility: the captains of Real Madrid and Barca at PSG

Blow to the European nobility: the captains of Real Madrid and Barca at PSG

In their desire to conquer the Champions League, the Qatari owners of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) have dealt a severe blow to Real Madrid and Barcelona, ​​two of the representatives of the European nobility. Their respective captains until recently, Sergio Ramos and Leo Messi, have landed on the banks of the Seine.

Before bitter rivals, today partners, both players together add 8 Champions Leagues, divided equally, four the ex-Madridista (2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018) and four the old culé (2006, 2009, 2011 and 2015). Just the experience that the Qatari leadership is looking for to win a title they cherished in 2020 (finalists against Bayern Munich).

The Spanish Ramos, 35, and the Argentine Messi, 34, have landed in the Parque de los Príncipes as free agents. The contracts of both expired on June 30 and neither of them reached an agreement with their respective addresses. Somehow, two legends came to Paris for free.

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In the case of the ex-Madridista due to a disagreement about the time of the renewal and in the case of the old number 10 of the Barca due to the financial hardships of the Catalan club.

The two got excited at their goodbyes. Ramos spent 16 courses at the Bernabéu; Messi, 17 at the Camp Nou. The first captained him for six years and the second, three. Ramos has not yet made his debut with PSG due to physical problems; Messi could do it this Saturday.

In addition to the sporting blow that the loss of their leaders represents for Real Madrid and Barcelona, ​​PSG has the gains that both signings imply. They will attract new television, image and marketing contracts.

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Since they bought PSG in 2011 -a club with only 50 years of history-, the Qataris have been inflexible in their project to raise the Orejona.

They want the best players, whatever the cost. Neymar is an example of this. Four years ago, the Brazilian left Barcelona for Paris after paying 222 million euros, a record transfer in world football.

In the same year, he captured the young prodigy Kylian Mbappé, ahead of several European giants, including Real Madrid and Barcelona. They paid 180 million to Monaco to sign the French international.

Nor have they been condescending when granting a transfer to their players, even if they want to leave. Nasser Al-Khelaifi’s PSG stopped a return to Neymar’s Barca in 2019 and a march by Italian Marco Verratti in 2017, also to Barca.

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PSG does not skimp on efforts to keep its players happy. The Qatari fund that controls the club is almost unlimited.

The average salary of the team is around 8 million euros per year, with Neymar leading the ranking with 35 million clean until today. Messi happens to be the highest paid of the squad (about 40 million per season), according to the local press. EFE (HN)

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