Ex-Bayern Munich president insists “money” does not guarantee success


Former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has cracked down on the big clubs Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain and insists that “money” will not guarantee success at the highest level.

City and PSG have gathered the most expensive troops in the football world after high-profile Abu Dhabi and Qatar takeovers a decade or more ago. The pair have dominated their domestic leagues in recent seasons, although the Champions League has remained elusive.

A PSG team complete with the two most expensive players in history lost finalists to Bayern 2020, while City were beaten by Chelsea in the 2021 final six months ago.

Hoeness, who spent his entire playing career in Bavaria in the 1970s and has served the club since retiring in 1979 – including two terms as president, said he is still “very happy” whenever the German giants beat either PSG or City.

So far, these two clubs have not won anything. Nothing at all. They will lose to us again. Not always, but every now and then. That should be our goal, ”Hoeness told 11 Lebens podcast.

“When we beat them, it makes me very happy. Show them: Your sour money is not enough.”

Hoeness even took a personal dig at PSG boss Nasser Al-Khelaifi, questioning how much the former professional tennis player actually likes football and criticizing the source of his wealth.

“I do not know if he likes football,” Hoeness said. “The difference between him and me? I worked hard to earn my money and he got it as a gift.”

Hoeness himself served 18 months in prison from 2014 after admitting to evading € 28.5 million in taxes.

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