Here’s the story behind its creation and how it went from being planned to be smuggled into the UEFA-controlled Etihad Stadium on matchday to it being revealed in the city’s most iconic park.
Over the weekend the back pages were filled with the revelation that ex-Chelsea star Frank Lampard will be signing on loan until January before heading back to New York City FC to prepare for the start of the MLS season in March.
There is no question football has long been a business-oriented game, even before the creation of the Premier League in 1992. The game has changed beyond recognition and Manchester City continue to push boundaries as shown by their purchase of a 20% stake in Japanese side Yokohama F Marinos last week.
The accounts for Championship clubs in 2012/13 revealed Wanderers to have the highest levels of debt, the highest wage bill in the league and to have made the biggest loss before tax.
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Real lead the way with a £2billion valuation, narrowly ahead of Barcelona (£1.9bn), United (£1.65bn) and Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich (£1.1bn)
Mega-rich Manchester City are facing a £50million fine and a limit of 21-players in the Champions League after falling foul of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) policies.
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City could face a £49million fine spread across three years as well as having their Champions League squad restricted to just 21 men, instead of the normal 25, for falling foul of the financial fair play rules
United have signed a new training kit deal with as yet unnamed partner
Premier League also announce plans to restrict spending
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City fans also register official complaint to UEFA.