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Six clubs who bought their way to success

Saturday 14th January 2017
In the modern game money talks. Everywhere you look be it in a stadium, on the pitch, on the television and on the player's kits there is something money related. It can bring teams success as well as failure. Here are six teams who had money pumped into them and how it affected their stature. 

Number Six: Portsmouth

Under the guidance of Harry Redknapp in the mid-to-late 2000's, Portsmouth was flying. They finished eighth in the Premier League and won the FA Cup beating Cardiff 1-0 in the final. Redknapp is known for being a bit of a wheeler-dealer. He signed over 40 players in his time at Pompey including: Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe, Kanu and Sulley Muntari. This recruitment was helped in part by French business owner Alexandre Gaydamak who bought into to club.

After appearing in the UEFA Cup, Portsmouth spending got out of control and in 2009 their wage bill was equal to 109% of their revenue leading to £109 million worth of debt and being put in administration. They dropped from the Premier League and now are fighting for the play-offs in League 2.

Number Five: RB Leipzig

Much maligned in Germany due to £8bn rated Red Bull pumping money into the side, RB Leipzig is currently second in the Bundesliga, three points behind Bayern Munich. They have climbed five divisions in seven years to reach the top of the German football pyramid becoming the first East-German side in the Bundesliga since 2009.

This is all down the money the Red Bull have provided. With a helping hand from RB Salzburg as a feeder club and director of football Ralf Rangnick, Leipzig has one the best young squads in Europe and look set to compete against the German greats and beyond.

Number Four: Real Madrid

Real Madrid has spent so much on their squad in recent times that a new word was invented to label their spending. The Galacticos had the most expensive assembly of players in the world in the early 2000's with the likes of Figo, Ronaldo, Beckham, Zidane and Walter Samuel costing Madrid over 250 million euros.

Between 2000 and 2007 the Galacticos helped win three La Liga titles and a Champions League. However, in recent times Real Madrid's spending has become astronomical sparking a second wave of Galacticos. In 2009 Cristiano Ronaldo, and Kaka joined and since then Los Blancos have spent 634 million euros on just 14 players since, which amounts to an average of 45 million euros per player. They have gone on so far to win one La Liga and the Champions Leagues twice.

Number Three: Chelsea

Chelsea is the most successful team of all of Europe's new money clubs. Before Roman Abramovich came along the Blues were almost relegated to the then third division in the 1980s the club were in so much debt that Ken Bates was able to buy the club for £1. Yes, just £1. Two decades later, Abramovich bought the club for £150 million and then dipped in his pocket for a further £100 million to spend on new players.

Jose Mourinho won back to back titles with Chelsea and the team have won two more in the years since as well as every major trophy including the Champions League. 15 of Chelsea's 26 trophies have come whilst under Abramovich and the 14 managers who have been installed have spent over £1 billion on players maintaining an average of finishing third in the Premier League.

Number Two: PSG

Paris Saint-Germain had not won the Ligue 1 title since 1994, despite acquiring the signature of Brazilian legend Ronaldinho in 2001 and having Jay-Jay Okocha and Nicolas Anelka already on their books.

This all changed in 2011 when they were brought by Qatari Sports Investment. PSG have gone on to spend 674 million euros with nine players arriving for more than 30 million euros each. Under the Qatari's PSG have won 13 trophies having outspent all but four of Europe's clubs. Even a fine of 60 million euros from UEFA has not stopped the spending spree, with Angel Di Maria arriving for 63 million euros in 2015.

PSG have now made the Champions League quarter-finals four years on the bounce having gone from Ligue 1 nobodies to European giants.

Number One: Manchester City

Manchester City has well and truly become a force in the Premier League. Backed by the billions of Sheikh Mansour, City has enjoyed the best period in the club's history, reach the semi-final of the Champions League and winning every domestic trophy in England in the space of five years. Not only that, but the groundwork has been laid for the future with a £150 million academy built to develop and nurture young talent for the future.

City has spent over a quarter of a billion pounds on established players for the first team and their revenue exceeds that of Chelsea and Arsenal. This spending does not seem to be halting any time soon with Pep Guardiola earning £15 million a year and he has been given free reign to spend in the transfer market. And to top everything, the family of Sheikh Mansour are reportedly valued at 1 trillion dollars. Incredible.
Tom Staniszewski
I'm Tom and I'm currently a third year journalism student based in Southampton. I'm a Crystal Palace fan and get to as many games as I can. I enjoy watching football from various leagues across Europe and I plan to host a football related radio show in the near future.

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