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Two seasons before Sheikh Mansour invested in Manchester City—who won last season's Premier League on the final day in one of the most thrilling football moments of all time—they finished in 14th position.
Less than a decade before Roman Abramovich brought his riches to Stamford Bridge, Chelsea consistently finished in the bottom half of the league.
You may question their methods, but the sudden rise of clubs like these has certainly made European football a more exciting—and unpredictable—place.
And the excitement isn't just being felt in England; Ligue 1 has only ever produced one European Cup winner (Marseille in 1993) but Paris Saint-Germain's new 'project' is designed around winning the Champions League and putting French football back on the map.
Malaga have been hit with an FFP ban for unpaid bills, but if their owner Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani actually cared about the club, imagine the impact they could have had in La Liga? The big two would finally have a serious challenger to their supremacy.
The extra cash injection that certain clubs have received from their sugar daddies also makes for exhilarating transfer news. Knowing that several clubs might pay upwards of £54 million for Edinson Cavani this summer is ridiculous, but it's an enjoyable part of the theatre of the beautiful game.
This game, after all, is about entertainment, and these rich clubs are keeping us entertained.
It might not be fair that some clubs are getting extra financial assistance, but why is it any less fair to the teams that have built up their wealth over decades of dominance? They still have more resources than smaller teams, and little will change that.
There are countless reasons why football is always going to be unfair, and the playing field will never truly be level. So why take away the thrill of a new team attempting to become the biggest in the world?