Mansour’s millions keep blue moon shining bright in Manchester
Sheikh Mansour’s impact at Manchester City is one which cannot be overestimated.
Since acquiring the club eight years ago, the Citizens have transformed from mid-table mediocrity to European powerhouses, winning two league titles, one FA Cup and two League Cups.
This season, Manuel Pellegrini’s men may have finished empty-handed in the silverware department yet a Champions League semi-final showing, alongside European qualification for 2016/17 has ensured their place amongst the elite remained intact.
According to the recently published Forbe’s Rich List, City are the sixth richest team in world football with an estimated worth of £1.33bn.
Only long-standing European heavyweights – Real Madrid (£2.5bn), Barcelona (£2.46bn), Manchester United (£2.3bn), Bayern Munich (£1.85bn) and Arsenal (£1.4bn) – are above them.
Premier League rivals, Chelsea (£1.15bn) and Liverpool (£1.07bn) languish further down the list.
With a net worth of over £20bn, Sheikh Mansour has poured money into the blue half of Manchester.
A member of Abu Dhabi’s ruling Al-Nahyan family, everything from stadium expansions to training facilities and of course some of the biggest names in world football, has all been funded by the 45-year-old.
Away from the football field, he has also lavishly spent his fortune, recently purchasing a 20,000 acre-estate in south west Spain for a rumoured £42m.
He is the fifth of 19 sons of the founding father of the United Arab Emirates.