May 3 – Qatar Sports Investments, owners of Paris Saint-Germain, are reportedly running out of patience with the money-laden club’s lack of progress in the Champions League and considering their future commitment.
According to Le Parisien, QSI, a subsidiary of the state-owned Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) which has poured billions of euros into the French champions since 2012, are becoming frustrated at seeing no credible return on their investment in terms of picking up the elusive Champions League trophy.
PSG may have secured their status as the most dominant team in France and be about to break their domestic points record but they have still not been able to transfer that to the European stage despite the stellar signatures of the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, respectively the first and second most expensive transfers in football history.
PSG have been repeatedly been on the end of a series of dramatic collapses in the Champions League. In 2017 they remarkably blew a 4-0 first leg win against Barcelona to lose the return 6-1 and this season were knocked out by Manchester United despite winning the first leg 2-0 away.
They have now failed to get beyond the last 16 for the past three seasons and Le Parisien states that the enthusiasm which greeted the takeover of the club has now given way to scepticism amid suggestions that QIA are particularly anxious at not being able to turn PSG into a global brand on the scale of Europe’s most successful sides.
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