Manchester City holds the record for the most expensive club in the history of club football. The Premier League club, according to CIES report, has been valued at a whopping $1.08 billion in terms of player transfer spending – ahead of Paris St. Germain, who in spite of a record $263 million world record transfer deal for Neymar, is $91m shy of the City club for its $991 million evaluation.
In the Premier League, the City is way ahead of arch-rivals ManU at $920 million.
The club to score record numbers on the financial balance sheets, has also been setting new marks on the field. The City Football Group-owned club had assured itself of the Premier League 2017-18 title with five matches to spare.
The team still has much more in line to achieve and sign off the season with a flurry of records. The Manchester City XI is well in sight of closing the 2017-18 season with an XI of Premier League records.
The team with 94 points – 31 wins, three draws and two losses in 36 games – just one point shy of the all-time premier league of 95 points for the season; and well in sight of becoming the first premier league club to close the season with 100 points.
There are as many as 11 records, Manchester City can drive home with the title this season.
- Arsenal and Chelsea had shared the record for the most successive wins in a single season for their straight 13 victories in 2001-2001 and 2016-17 respectively. Man City this season has scored 18 on the trot.
- With 31 wins this season, City has already equalled the record created by Chelsea during the last season – one win in City’s next two games will create a new record for the Premier League.
- Another record held by Chelsea is under threat from Man City. Chelsea had won 2009-10 on the final game of the season when an 8-0 victory over Wigan Athletic gave them a goal difference of +71. City are currently on +76 and well on course to cap the season with the record even if they fail to win their remaining games.
- Chelsea held the record with 15 wins in 2004-05 for most away victories in a season. City now shares the number and stand a chance to set a new mark on the last day of the season at Southampton.
- Manchester United hold the record for 19 points lead over Arsenal during their title triumph in the 1999-2000 season. City needs a mere one point to match and two to break the record.
- City has already equalled Man United’s record (in 2000-2001) for winning the title with five matches to spare.
- City is just one point shy of Chelsea’s record for highest ever 95 points for the season (2004-05). City in 36 games has accumulated 94 points and still has two games in hand.
- Manchester City is just one goal shy for the highest 103 scored in a season by Chelsea. With two more games to go, the club is well in sight of creating a history for the highest number of goals in a Premier League season.
- Man City is also set to create history for Highest Average Ball Possession with their current possession for the season standing at 71.3% – a comfortable lead over the previous record of 64%.
- Man City held the record for the 26,804 completed passes during 2010-11 season. This season they have already amassed 26,084 passes and are well on course to better their record.
- This one is for manager Pep Guardiola, who has equalled Antonio Conte’s record of three successive manager of the month awards after a perfect November and then went one better when he won the award for a fourth time in December.
The club has also created a lot of buzz with its financial might. City’s takeover from former Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in a reported deal of £200 million had sparked various transfer “deadline-day” rumours like Man City’s attempt to gazump Manchester United’s bid to sign Dimitar Berbatov from Tottenham Hotspur for a fee in excess of £30 million.
With the wealth of the new owners, the club was able to sign Robinho from Real Madrid for a record transfer fee then of £32.5 million minutes before the transfer window closed in 2009. The latest signing was the acquisition of centre-back Aymeric Laporte from Atletico Bilbao for $81 million, which is the highest for the 2017-18 season.
The second highest transfer fee in the 2017-18 season was shelled out by the club for the Ligue 1 side’s Monaco FC player Benjamin Mendy.