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The 23 billion dollar man who also owns Manchester City

Manchester City club owner, Mansour bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and his 23 billion dollars wants to dominate world football.

The president of Al Jazira, Real Madrid’s rivals in the semi-finals of the FIFA Club World Cup, believes that with his money he can buy almost anything, as was shown by the recent opening of the Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi.

However, he has not yet managed to atop the footballing tree.

On Wednesday, he will sit next to Gianni Infantino, president of FIFA, and Florentino Perez, the president of Real Madrid, in a place he likes and enjoys.

But he knows that his team will be in a much more uncomfortable spot against Real Madrid’s powerful squad, with the Spanish giants looking to retain the title again after their victory in 2016.

He is considered as one of the three richest people on the planet.

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed (48 years old) is a member of the royal family of Abu Dhabi and brother to Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

In 2016, he acquired a farm of 8,200 hectares in the municipality of Valencia de las Torres, a town in the southern province of Badajoz.

He also owns 32% (he invested $280 million in the project through Aabar in 2009) of Virgin Galactic, a company within the Virgin Group that plans to provide manned suborbital space flights.

Sheikh Mansour is an expert rider, president of the Horse Racing Authority of the Arab Emirates and owner of one of the most important stables in the world.

Added to all of this, he has an incomparable collection of cars and a yacht of 180 metres in length, the longest in the world.

In addition, he is a member of the Supreme Council of Petroleum and sits on the board of numerous investment companies.

Domination

In 2015 he sold 13% of Manchester City in exchange for 376 million euros, the same amount he paid for the total purchase of the club in 2008.

The problem is that all the money is not giving him what he wants most; to control the world of football or at least have the team to do it.

He is on his way though, as shown by the unstoppable march of Pep Guardiola’s City side.

On Wednesday he will have to be satisfied seeing his Al Jazira team fight against Real for a ticket to the final of the Club World Cup.