Guardiola’s Manchester City reaches its first Champions League final

Victory against PSG (2-0)

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahayan had to endure thirteen years to see his project succeed. After a long wait, Manchester City, with Pep Guardiola at the helm, will play their first Champions League final on May 29 after confirming against Paris Saint-Germain (2-0) that their moment, finally, has arrived.

Since in 2008 the English team was absorbed by a group from Saudi Arabia, the obsession was the ‘Orejona’. Conquered the Premier League and the English cups, the challenge was to create European glory for a team that only had one Cup Winners’ Cup in their showcases.

Barça, Atleti and Madrid in the top 10: the most valuable teams in the world

20 – Wolverhampton – Staff value: € 412.1 M

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Data as of April 30, 2021

19 – Everton – Staff value: € 464.5m

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18 – Leicester City – Staff value: € 475.9 M

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17 – AC Milan – Staff value: € 508.8 M

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16 – Naples – Staff value: € 533 M

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15 – Arsenal – Value of the squad: € 549.1 M

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14 – RB Leipzig – Staff value: € 561.8 M

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13 – Borussia Dortmund – Staff value: € 581.4 M

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12 – Inter Milan – Staff value: € 618.3 M

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11 – Juventus – Value of the squad: € 678.1 M

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10 – Tottenham Hotspur – Staff value: € 680.8 M

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9 – Manchester United – Staff value: € 718 million

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8 – Real Madrid – Value of the squad: € 745.5 M

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7 – Atlético de Madrid – Staff value: € 748 million

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6 – Chelsea – Staff value: € 779.8 M

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5 – FC Barcelona – Value of the staff: 823 M €

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4 – PSG – Value of the squad: € 828.9 M

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3 – Bayern Munich – Staff value: € 841.6 M

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2 – Liverpool – Value of the workforce: € 1,010 M

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1 – Manchester City – Staff value: € 1,030 million

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And the definitive step to that glory was confirmed this Tuesday, in a snowy field, covered by the frost of the hailstorm that fell in Manchester and that dressed the grass of the Etihad Stadium. In a scenario from another era (and another season), the world order of football was also changing, with two teams built on a checkbook basis.

PSG takes a step back, after reaching the runner-up last year, City achieves what they have been looking for for so many years. It will be Guardiola’s third final, the first in ten years. City’s return to a continental final in 51 years, the first in the European Cup. The sheikh is already smiling.

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