The quarterfinal is also a battle of honor between Qatar and Abu Dhabi.
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The Champions League quarterfinal between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City Wednesday is not just a contest between two of Europe's richest clubs, it is also a battle of honor between Qatar and Abu Dhabi.The English Premier League and Ligue 1 champions are emblematic of the domination of wealthy foreign owners in modern-day football.Between them they are estimated to have spent more than 1.5 billion euros ($1.65 billion) on players, according to sports industry studies.Adding to the spice away from the football pitch, political relations between World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, of which Abu Dhabi is one of the seven constituent emirates, have until recently been poor.Before Qatar Sports Investments took ownership in 2012, PSG had most notably won two Ligue 1 titles and a UEFA Cup.They are estimated to have spent more than 550 million euros since on transfers.Turbo-charged by Gulf wealth, PSG have won four consecutive league titles, and are bidding, like City, for their first Champions League semifinal.
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