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The way Man City rose to be the global football empire (Part 1)

In November 2019, the price of City Football Group – the global empire that owns Man City – was about $ 4.8 billion, higher than any other club.

Pep Guardiola, in the eyes of football fans, never seemed to stand still. He does not always control his actions. Outside the boundary line, he paced back and forth, shouting to direct the player, shouting at the referee with every adverse and exciting decision after each goal. But when he met Mansour Al Nahyan – UAE Prince and president of Abu Dhabi United Group (ADUG), Guardiola was like a different person.

“All or Nothing” is a documentary about Man City, which the crew has been with the team for a year. In the film, Guardiola is so polite that he is embarrassed whenever he has to talk to his boss. Viewers don’t even hear what they’re saying to each other. Just know they both still smile.

The film, produced by Amazon, features Man City’s trip to Abu Dhabi. This segment as to promote UAE tourism. There, the players were wearing uniforms, British actors worked in the laundry room, and President Khaldoon Al Mubarak always dressed like a gentleman. Khaldoon laughed spontaneously and stood pedestal next to Noel Gallagher – a crazy English artist Man City. Khaldoon is Mansour’s right-hand man, helping Abu Dhabi expand to Europe.

In August 2010, two years after acquiring Man City, Mansour first came to the Etihad Stadium. He laughed and waved to the crowd, while his subordinates were nervous. Even Khaldoon is the same. Tension disappeared when Man City defeated Liverpool 3-0. Mansour’s visit was considered successful. And that was the only time he attended the Man City match.

It is not uncommon for Mansour not to interfere in the management of Man City. Even Khaldoon doesn’t stick to financial details, or football tactics. In Abu Dhabi, Khaldoon manages Mubadala investment company and EAA executive consulting agency.

Mubadala is a UAE state-owned enterprise, specializing in investing abroad billions of dollars in oil. And EAA is the right hand of the UAE government, directing international relations strategy. The two companies explain why Mansour invests in Man City.