Manchester City is finally the champion of the UEFA Champions League, the biggest competition in Europe and one of the most important in the world. In a tightly contested match, the club, which can now be considered a European giant, relied on Rodri’s excellent finish in the second half to defeat Inter Milan 1-0.
With Haaland tightly marked and De Bruyne on the bench due to injury, Rodri, the Spanish midfielder admired by Pep Guardiola, shone brightly. In the 68th minute, Bernardo Silva crossed from the right, the ball was cleared, and it fell to the midfielder who finished well to score the only goal of the match.
After the goal, Inter Milan mounted a strong offensive, and the Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson secured the title with two saves worthy of a champion. Despite being behind on the scoreboard, the Italian giants accelerated the game, relying on Lukaku and Lautaro. The duo posed a challenge for City’s number 1, who closed the goal and secured the Champions League title.
The achievement goes beyond the substantial investment
The victory at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, turned one of the biggest investments in football into the conquest of European football. However, the matter goes beyond money. Manchester City has planned for years to reach where it is today.
The club owes its success to Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the owner of the team. Unlike other team owners out there, the Arab owner prefers to stay away from the limelight and rarely makes public appearances.
Having been the owner of Manchester City since 2008, he is a member of the royal family of the United Arab Emirates and hails from Abu Dhabi. In addition to the significant investment of 2 billion euros in recent years, the owner of the City group ensured that the blue club of Manchester had a solid planning.
Under the management of the group, Manchester City has won 16 titles and has now achieved its most significant triumph in history, the long-awaited Champions League. This planning can inspire other club enterprises around the world, but it is essential to emphasize that it is not enough to invest alone, as PSG did. A solid structure and administrative organization are also necessary.