PSG Have Spent €1.17Billion On Players And Still Haven't Got Past Champions League QF's

They splashed €135 million on Kylian Mbappe and a mind-boggling €222 million on Neymar. They have invested over €1 billion on players in the past eight years, but their disappointing record in the Champions League has always come back to haunt Paris Saint-Germain.

Despite the lofty ambitions of Qatari investors, PSG have failed to get past the Champions League quarter-final stage since 1995 and last night's defeat to Manchester United has once again brought up their lack of success in Europe.

In the meantime, Manchester United became the first team in UCL history to progress to the next round having lost by two or more goals at home in the first leg of a knockout match, while Thomas Tuchel's side rued missed chances yet again.

It was another heartbreaking night for the Les Parisiens, reminiscent of their defeat to Barcelona in 2017, when the Catalan giants became the first team to overturn a first-leg 4-0 deficit.

PSG's failure to progress in the Champions League just highlights the sheer amount of money spent on transfers since 2011, when the Qatari Investment Authority took over.

TransferMarkt's stats give you an indication of the club's spending power in recent years.

2011/12 season:

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Image: TransferMarkt

2012/2013 season:

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Image: TransferMarkt

2013/14 season:

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Image: TransferMarkt

2014/15 season:

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Image: TransferMarkt

2015/16 season:

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Image: TransferMarkt

2016/17 season:

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Image: TransferMarkt

2017/18 season:

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Image: TransferMarkt

2018/19 season:

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Image: TransferMarkt

In fairness, Paris Saint-Germain went to Old Trafford with a plan and it worked.

Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria gave 9/10 performances, Marco Veratti ran the midfield, and Thiago Silva stopped everything and everyone in his path.

But it just quite work for them in the second leg and once again, their European journey is over early doors.

What do PSG need to do to reach the latter stages of the Champions League?

Let us know in the comments.

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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