Despite financial disadvantages, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge sees FC Bayern at least on an equal footing with Champions League opponents Paris Saint-Germain. The record champion meets the star ensemble around Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé in the round of 16 of the highest European competition.
Despite financial disadvantages, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge sees FC Bayern at least on an equal footing with Champions League opponents Paris Saint-Germain.
“You can’t buy the Champions League title. Even if clubs like Paris or ManCity have better financial conditions, Real Madrid or Bayern have recently prevailed,” said the former CEO of FC Bayern Munich in an interview with the news portal “t-online”.
The Qatari investor group QSI has been in charge of the French since 2011. Due to the immense additional income, Paris, which will face Bayern in the round of 16 with its star ensemble of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé and Neymar, can invest in a broader and more expensive squad. “You can kick as much as you want as Bayern Munich, you won’t get there and that shouldn’t be the goal,” said the 67-year-old.
To counteract this, UEFA reformed its controversial Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules in 2022. According to this, clubs may only spend 70 percent of their income on the squad in the future, including transfers and payments to player agents. This is intended to help clubs with less financial means to keep up with clubs funded by investors.
“Every federation must be interested in investing in its sport or in its competitions. But I think the most important thing is to uphold certain values in football too, to support the statics of the sport,” said Rummenigge.
The Munich team will meet the French on February 14 in the Champions League round of 16 first leg. The second leg takes place on March 8th in the Allianz Arena.
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