The World Soccer magazine has selected Nasser bin Ghanem Al-Khelaifi, president of French club Paris Saint-Germain, and chairman of beIN Media Group, among the list of the most important figures in the world of football for 2020, according to Al Watan.
The list included many football stars and famous names, especially Manchester United player Marcus Rashford, Borussia Dortmund player Erling Haaland, and Italian coach Gian Piero Gasperini, coach of the Atlanta club.
The English newspaper said that the chairman of beIN Media Group, the world's leading sports and entertainment group, is the president of Paris Saint-Germain, the French League champion and the runner-up of the Champions League.
The magazine said that he ranks one of the first ranks in global sport due to the unique extension of his influence and ambition, as he is the president of Paris Saint-Germain, and chairman of a global media group in the field of sports and entertainment, with a number of 55 million subscribers, in addition to being a minister without portfolio in the country Which will host the 2022 World Cup.
She added that Al-Khelaifi's diligence and leadership made Paris Saint-Germain reach the Champions League final in the 2019-2020 season for the first time in its history.
In the same context, Al-Khelaifi's name also appeared in L'Equipe newspaper's annual list of "The 30 Most Influential People in French Football", along with Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe, Brazilian player Neymar, and French legend Zinedine Zidane.
The French newspaper said in a lengthy report that Al-Khelaifi is considered a prominent leader in the media and sports sector. He was also chosen by France Football as part of its list of "the 50 most influential people in May 2020".
L'Equipe also celebrated the success of his negotiations to sign top-rated Argentine coach Mauricio Pochettino in order to develop the team.
"We dream of returning the Champions League Cup to Paris, and we lost to Bayern Munich, which is one of the best teams in the world," Al-Khelaifi said, following the loss to Bayern Munich in August 2020.
Under the patronage of Al-Khelaifi, Paris Saint-Germain has developed into a huge global brand, as the club achieved in 2019 more than 600 million euros in revenue, a number that places it in fifth place in Deloitte's record of European club revenues.
L'Equipe newspaper, Al-Khelaifi, was chosen as one of the "30 most influential figures in French football" due to his presence in the European and French football bodies, among other reasons.
According to the French newspaper, Al-Khelaifi helped in the crucial negotiations with Canal + during the first shutdown after the pandemic, and was one of the first to warn about the dangers of granting TV rights to MediaPro, and recent events have proven his concerns once again.
As Chairman of beIN Media Group, the leading group operating in 43 countries around the world, Al-Khelaifi led a rapid growth strategy to create one of the most successful sports and entertainment brands in the world. The group makes significant investments in sports at both the popular and professional levels around the world through its exceptional portfolio of sports rights, as well as the creation, production and distribution of original content in the entertainment sector.
Source: Al Watan
Cover image credit: Nasser Al-Khelaifi Twitter
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