BRENDAN RODGERS accepts Paris Saint-Germain are the richest football club in the world.
But the Hoops boss insists Celtic have something the megabucks French outfit cannot buy – history.
PSG spent a mind-boggling £200million on Neymar in the summer to form a £400million frontline with Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe. The Brazilian is reported to be picking up an amazing £700,000-a-WEEK.
But Rodgers said tonight’s Champions League opponents will take decades to create the kind of heritage the Parkhead side have created.
He said: “You can’t buy that. We have to do what we do in our world. We will never be able to do this here.
“That is why people will think it is wrong in football. It is modern football in every format.
“But Celtic have something a lot of clubs don’t have – a rich history, a support and a fanbase a lot of clubs don’t have.
“It is the big challenge we have, but it is a challenge we are progressing on.
“Speak about PSG in 20 years’ time. This is the formation now of a club that has investment and clearly want to be winners. Can they sustain that over time?
“If you are talking big, iconic clubs and for me a big club has history, support, fanbase and all that. Celtic has all that, but we don’t have anywhere near the finances of a club like PSG.”
Rodgers added: “PSG are trying to create a history and that takes numbers of years. The warmth that Barcelona has is probably in the last decade, but you could go back to Cruyff and the era where he was there.
“Rinus Michels before that, they were creating something. That is history, so it is time, like Manchester City in the English Premier League.
“You can’t buy history, it is winning trophies, winning titles. If you think about PSG, you look and it is arguably the most exciting front three in world football.
“But to back that up you have to win trophies and sustain that success over many games.
“Then you get the kids and people supporting you because that is what naturally happens in any sport.”
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