Nine years after their inception, Anzhi Makhachkala made their Russian Premier League debut. Founded in 1991, the club made a near rapid rise through the ranks of Russian football.
However, until 2011 when the club signed three time Champions League winner Samuel Eto’o, most football fans across the world knew very little—and most likely still do—about one of the richest clubs in world football.
Now the world is sitting up and taking notice of the Dagestan club, but perhaps it's not only for footballing reasons.
Recently the club made headlines when they declared Lionel Messi a transfer target.They obviously have lofty ideas to match their overflowing bank account.
Here are some facts that football fans should know about one of the richest clubs in world football.