Spending spree allows PSG to buy world's best

All big clubs spend money, but few have spent more over the last year than PSG. Here we take a look at the players the Parisians acquired and just how much they've invested.



Javier Pastore from Palermo on 6 August 2011

The 23-year-old arrived in Paris from Serie A, where he qualified Palermo for European competition. Pastore played in two matches for Argentina at the 2010 World Cup.


Jeremy Menez from Roma on 25 July 2011

After starring at Roma for three seasons, Menez returned to his native France last summer. A part of Les Blues' Euro 2012 side, he scored in group play against Ukraine.


Mohamed Sissoko from Juventus on 28 July 2011

A veteran of the EPL, La Liga and Serie A, the Malian international is one of the toughest midfielders in Europe.


Diego Lugano from Fenerbahce on 27 August 2011

Captain of the Uruguayan team that reached the semifinals at the 2010 World Cup, PSG brought Lugano in last summer in hopes of solidifying the club's defense.


Maxwell from Barcelona on 12 January 2012

The skillful Brazilian left back won titles in Holland (Ajax), Italy (Inter) and Spain (Barcelona) before being plucked by the Parisians.


Alex from Chelsea on 27 January 2012

After falling out of favor with Chelsea maanger Andre Villas – Boas, Alex made his way to France in another move aimed at improving PSG's back line.


Thiago Motta from Inter Milan on 31 January 2012

Motta has won UEFA Champions League titles with both Barcelona and Inter Milan. The midfielder appeared in five of six Italy matches at this summer's European Championships.


Ezequiel Lavezzi from Napoli on 2 July 2012

Much like compatriot Diego Maradona, Lavezzi became a cult hero at Napoli where he helped the Azzurri win Coppa Italia this year.


Thiago Silva from AC Milan on 14 July 2012

Considered one of the world's top central defenders, the Brazilian scored his first international goal in a recent friendly against the U.S. Men's National Team at FedEx Field.


Marco Verratti from Pescara on 18 July 2012

PSG poached this attacking midfielder despite reported interest from Manchester City and Juventus. Frequently compared to Andrea Pirlo, Verratti is considered a future star in Italian soccer.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic from AC Milan on 17 July 2012

Winner of three of the last four Serie A Footballer of the Year honors, Ibrahimovic needed a new challenge. He's found it in PSG, who the confident Swede thinks he can turn into a European threat.