The summer transfer window for Paris Saint-Germain was one of the most amazing in history, with the club signing a slew of high-profile players, including Lionel Messi.
The club’s owners’ continued desire to win the Champions League, having reached the final in 2020 and then the semi-finals in 2021, is reflected in their investment in the squad.
Meanwhile, they kept all of their key players, including Kylian Mbappe, for who they turned down a €200 million deal on Deadline Day from Real Madrid.
Pochettino is skating on thin ice now that he has his strongest side in place. No other manager in football history has had access to as many well-known superstars. As a result, the “super team’s” expectations should be judged solely in terms of titles and cups. The boss, on the other hand, is expected to deliver.
PSG’s stranglehold over their local league was shattered last year when they lost the Ligue 1 title to Lille.
PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi remained unmoved on deadline day when Real Madrid offered their final bid of about €200 million for Kylian Mbappé to avoid a repeat of the incident.
It has become a matter of pride for the Paris-based football club to keep their best players and give it their all in the final push to win every prize available.
● Sergio Ramos
Sergio Ramos has joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer after an intriguing tale that many assumed would end with the Los Blancos captain staying at Real Madrid. In 2005, the four-time Champions League winner joined Real Madrid, where he remained an essential presence for the next 16 years.
In PSG’s quest to win the Champions League, Ramos will be a vital component. Aside from the defensive solidity, experience, and leadership that the 35-year-old will bring to the Parisian club, his aerial talent will aid set-piece takers Angel Di Maria, Marco Veratti, and Lionel Messi.
● Gianluigi Donnarumma
Donnarumma, 22, is only the second goalie in football history to win the Best Player of the Euro Cup award, but he is already a legend. PSG has always had good goalkeepers, but Donnarumma is a one-of-a-kind individual. He’s a shot-blocker with the ability to take matters into his own hands. The young Italian goalkeeper has already proven his worth in a short amount of time, and the club has high expectations for him.
● Achraf Hakimi
Since Dani Alves departed the club in 2018, the right-back position has been a problem for PSG, but they could acquire the finest right-back on the market for a reasonable price. Star strikers Kylian Mbappé and Mauro Icardi will benefit significantly from Hakimi’s crossing skills.
Hakimi has quickly established himself as one of the best right-backs in the game. Inter Milan won Serie A for the first time since its treble-winning season in 2010 last year, with Hakimi playing a pivotal role. With seven goals and eight assists in the attacking third, he was a tactical nightmare for the rest of the Italian teams. PSG will be hoping Hakimi maintains his form in the navy and red.
● Georginio Wijnaldum
He may not be as well-known as Lionel Messi or Sergio Ramos, but he has cemented his reputation as a capable midfielder in club football. Wijnaldum was a vital member at Liverpool, not just a regular starter who knew how to manage the match’s rhythm. He scored crucial goals regularly and defended admirably on occasion.
He is a talented athlete and a champion, having won the Premier League, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup with Liverpool. The 30-year-old knows how to perform in high-pressure situations.
● Lionel Messi
The Argentine has matured like good wine, demonstrating his magnificence even in his later years as a professional. After winning Copa America with Argentina and being named Player of the Tournament, he has done everything. Last season in La Liga, the 34-year-old averaged a stunning 1.13 goal-creating actions per 90 minutes.
With Mbappe and Neymar Jr., he now forms a fearsome attacking trifecta. With this move and the rest of PSG’s summer purchases, the club will not consider this season a success unless it wins the Champions League.