Mansour bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahayan, owner of the Manchester City since 2008, will see Pep Guardiola’s men live this Saturday against the Italian Inter Milan in their attempt to win the long-awaited champion’s cup Champions League, which he already touched in 2021 when he fell in the final against Chelsea. A natural support in other clubs but that in the case of the British is a real exception, since until now the sheikh had only seen a clash of his own live.
The first time was not even in the aforementioned English Champions League final against Chelsea. It happened thirteen years ago, in 2010, when the leader of the United Arab Emirates was present in a clear victory for his team 3-0 against Liverpool.
Mansour took control of Manchester City in 2008 with the aim of turning it into a leading club in the Premier League and in Europe. Through a constant injection of money that has come to exceed the billion euros in transfers, what was always the second Manchester club has taken over the leadership of English football. Since the purchase by the sheikh, the ‘sky blue’ team has won seven leagues, three FA Cups, six League Cups and qualification for the highest club competition on the continent without interruption since 2012.
Second Champions League final
However, the successes in the British Isles have so far not been reflected in Europe, where they have not yet managed to win the Champions League. His rise, however, has been constant: he achieved his first qualification for the semifinals in 2016, his first final in 2021 and this Saturday he faces the decisive match again, and this time with the absolute favoritism over Inter.
It has transpired that during the clash with the Italians At the Ataturk Olympic Stadium Mansour will be flanked in the box by Manchester City chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak. Together they will attend what could be the greatest milestone in the history of a club that in another time could not dream of feats of this caliber.
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