The rise of al-Khelaifi: How PSG’s president became football’s great power broker

The Qatari president of PSG left a life as a journeyman tennis player behind to become one of the most influential people in football

Kylian Mbappé poses with PSG President, Nasser Al-Khelaifi after extending his contract with the PSG. Picture: Getty

On the morning Luis Enrique was unveiled as Paris Saint-Germain’s head coach last July, the club’s president Nasser al-Khelaifi was AWOL. Luis Enrique might have wondered what he was letting himself in for. He was PSG’s eighth coach since Qatar took over the club in 2011.

PSG’s dressing room is the most difficult to manage in top-flight football. Lionel Messi had just left the club in a hurry. Within days, Kylian Mbappé would be put ...