One of the biggest winners from the Super League debacle was Paris Saint-Germain, which refused to sign up and its president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, replaced Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli as head of the European Club Association.
What’s missing now for PSG, which gets its funding from Qatar’s sovereign wealth, is lifting the European Cup for the first time. Signing Lionel Messi should help PSG’s European quest, which ended in the semifinals against Manchester City last season.
There’s an instant reunion of two of world football’s richest clubs, with PSG in Group A together with Abu Dhabi-funded City, which is also yet to win European football’s top prize.
“It is (about revenge),” Al-Khelaifi said. “We lost last year’s semifinal, so it will be a good motivation for our players, our manager and, you know, it will be interesting for the viewers. So it will be big matches.”
They’ll also face German club Leipzig, which had a win and loss against PSG in last season’s group stage, and Club Brugge, which has never played the German club or City.
City was the first English club to officially pull out of the Super League and Liverpool was among the last after a backlash from fans and even players who helped win the Champions League for a sixth time in 2019. Liverpool, which only qualified for the Champions League on the last day of last season, is in Group B with AC Milan —- which won the last of its seven European titles in 2007 against the Reds and is back in the competition after a seven-year absence — Atletico Madrid, and Porto.