He’s the former Davis Cup tennis player who is blasting all football rivals off the court with his monster money serves.
Nasser Al-Khelaifi was a journeyman pro on the ATP tour, his highest ranking a modest 995 while representing his native Qatar in the Davis Cup.
But after retiring from the circuit in 2004 he has concentrated his energies on football and TV.
The multi-billionaire is the driving force behind Doha-based beIN Sports, which boasts former Sky Sports pundits Richard Keys and Andy Gray in its ranks.
But it is as Chairman and Chief Executive officer of Paris Saint-Germain where 43-year-old Al-Khelaifi is making the biggest impact after sanctioning the world record £199million capture of Barcelona’s Neymar and making a £160m offer for Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe.
It’s left the rest of the football world, including the cash-rich Premier League big boys, open mouthed while UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules, which ensnared PSG and Manchester City in the past, seem to have been consigned to the dustbin.
In any case the resolute Qatari, who is also on his country’s organising committee for the controversial 2022 World Cup finals, has threatened to go to court if PSG’s spending is questioned by Europe’s football authorities.
After Qatar Sports Investments bought PSG in June 2011
Al-Khelaifi announced a five-year plan to make the Paris club the best on the planet. Money would be no object. “We want the new Messi,” he stated.
Finally, two years behind schedule, he has delivered with Neymar’s staggering release clause being met, while a weekly wage of £500,000 after tax should satisfy the Brazilian’s liking for nightlife in the City of Light.
Neymar will make his much-anticipated debut for his new club tonight at Guingamp, and could soon be…