Arab tycoons in the business industry have shown a strong interest in investing in European football clubs. As a result, they tend to sponsor the expansion of those teams by pouring in funds.
They have enabled them to sign major names and players who will improve the team’s performance and help them contend for the league title. Here are five football clubs owned by Arabs.
1. Everton F.C.
Everton Football Club is an English professional association football club based in Liverpool that currently competes in the Premier League, the top tier of English football.
Farhad Moshiri is a British-Iranian businessman based in Monaco. He is the chairman and a shareholder of USM, a diversified Russian holding company. Moshiri is also the majority owner of Premier League football club Everton.
2. Manchester City F.C.
Manchester City is an English football club based in Manchester that competes in the Premier League, the top flight of English football.
Sheikh Mansour is an Emirati politician who is the deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, billionaire and member of the royal family of Abu Dhabi.
3. Paris Saint-Germain F.C.
Paris Saint-Germain is a professional football club based in Paris, France. They compete in Ligue 1, the top division of French football.
Nasser bin Ghanim Al-Khelaifi is a Qatari businessman and the chairman of beIN Media Group, chairman of Qatar Sports Investments and president of Paris Saint-Germain.
4. Newcastle United F.C.
Newcastle United is an English professional football club based in Newcastle upon Tyne, that plays in the Premier League. The club was founded in 1892 by the merger of Newcastle East End and Newcastle West End.
Newcastle is now the richest club in the Premier League after the Mohammad Bin Salman took over the club.
5. Aston Villa F.C.
Aston Villa is an English professional football club based in Aston, Birmingham. The club competes in the Premier League, the top tier of the English football league system.
Nassef Onsi Sawiris is an Egyptian billionaire businessman. As of October 2021, his net worth was estimated at US$8.7 billion, making him the richest Arab and second richest African.
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