PSG requires another huge cash injection to grow
Success domestically, in France, is practically a guaranteed achievement for PSG, but when it comes to Europe their ambitions have been dwarfed whenever they tried to conquer the Champions League, despite all their riches.
World Cup winner Mbappe stressed the club has become a tour de force in European football since the Qatari owners took over the club in the summer of 2011, per online sportsbooks in France. They have poured vast amounts of money into making PSG a recognized success, hence the desperate need for a Champions League trophy in order to solidify their place among the European elite.
“I think that PSG is a club that has grown since the arrival of the new owners,” said the 19-year-old forward. “It has not stopped growing and we need to grow with the club before immediately thinking about the Champions League final and winning the competition.”
“There are steps before getting there and we are perfectly conscientious of the fact that we, the players, need to keep growing with the club – both things and everybody together. We will see where we go but yes I think that we, at one moment, want to win the Champions League.”
Will Mbappe be PSG’s saviour in the Champions League?
What’s concerning about PSG is that this season in Europe they risk early elimination from the Champions League, in the group stages of the competition, as their performances have been lackluster.
From four games played in Group C, they sit in 3rd position with merely 5 points that came from 2 draws, 1 loss and only 1 victory. Liverpool and Napoli (who are in first and second places, respectively) both have 6 points to their name, so if PSG fail to secure positive results in the next two remaining games, they could well be out of Europe’s elite competition at the group stage, which would be embarrassing for a club that has spent a fortune in an attempt to be the best.
When Mbappe joined PSG in the summer 2017 initially on loan deal that became permanent after a year, he became the world’s most expensive teenager, as the Parisians shelled out a whopping €145m plus another €35m based on incentives to AS Monaco, per providers of internet betting in France. This made him only the second most expensive singing in football after his teammate Neymar, for whom PSG paid Barcelona a record-breaking €222m in 2017.
In his first campaign, the young striker found the back of the net 21 times in 44 outings, while the current season he already has 13 goals in 12 appearances across all competitions. He was one of the driving forces behind France’s second World Cup triumph in 2018 Russia, which saw him score in the final itself, so it wouldn’t be a stretch to imagine him doing the same for PSG and helping them drawl out of their current Champions League predicament.