Taking A Look At The Squads Of Manchester City And PSG Before The Money
Believe it or not, there was a time when Premier League champions Manchester City and their European rivals Paris Saint-Germain were a million miles away from the wealthy, global giants they are today.
Take away the millions ploughed into the club by billionaire owners and you've got yourself a 2008 UEFA Cup tie between two distinctly average teams.
City, who were already through to the last 32, decided to field an 'interesting' line-up in the Group A tie. Take it away, Mark Hughes.
Joe Hart started in goal, while Pablo Zabaleta, Richard Dunne, Tel Ben-Haim and Javier Garrido made up a distinctly average back four.
Sturridge, who was a highly rated teenager at the time, got his chance to shine, while Stephen Ireland, Vincent Kompany, Darius Vassell and Elano were given the nod.
Brazilian forward and target man Jo was plonked up front on his own, but couldn't find the net against PSG's experienced goalkeeper, Mickaël Landreau.
The fact that Manchester City centre-back Richard Dunne was given the Man of the Match award says it all, really.
Flash From The Past: the lineups when PSG & Man City last met.- Football Super Tips (@FootySuperTips) April 6, 2016
Europa League 2008... pic.twitter.com/aO6EeW6OR2
The Man City & PSG teams have changed a bit since the last time they met back in 2008... pic.twitter.com/y8vp0xi37d- ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) March 19, 2016
Just two months previous to this result, Manchester City were bought by the Abu Dhabi United group backed by Sheikh Mansour, and in the coming years they would become one of the biggest forces in European football.
But this game against another current giant, Paris Saint-Germain, just shows how far both teams have come in such a short amount of time.
10 years in football is nothing when you think about it.
Europe's biggest spenders since 2008:- United Xtra (@utdxtra) May 1, 2018
Man City - £1.4bn
Barcelona - £1.01bn
PSG - £1.01bn
Chelsea - £1bn
Man United - £897m
Real Madrid - £861m
Liverpool - £820m
Juventus - £811m
"United are ruining football."
"United spend more than everyone else."
#mufc [GdS] pic.twitter.com/5UrjZkiSGC
How things have changed.