By Andy Sambidge
Sheikh Mansour-owned football club secures second league title in three years after West Ham victory
Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City Football Club was on Sunday crowned champions of English football after lifting the Premier League trophy for the second time in three years.
In one of the most exciting run-ins the Premier League has seen in recent years, Manchester City beat West Ham at the Etihad Stadium to win the title.
Closest rivals Liverpool beat Newcastle at Anfield, but that left the Manchester club two points clear at the top of the league table.
The club, which was acquired by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahayan's Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008, also lifted the League Cup this season which has been a triumphant first season for manager Manuel Pellegrini.
Statistics show that Manchester City spent only 14 days at the top of the table throughout the season but they took advantage when Liverpool dropped points in two of their last three games.
The latest triumph comes as the club is facing fines of €60m ($83.3m) and limits on their Champions League squads for next season for breaching UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules.
UEFA said last week that nine unnamed clubs, thought to include Man City, faced punishment under new rules designed to force teams to limit their financial losses and make soccer more economically stable.
The club posted a loss of £51.6m ($85.4m) in its latest financial year.
Last month, Manchester City were named the best paid team in global sport, according to Sportingintelligence’s Global Sports Salaries Survey for 2014.
The average first-team pay at City has been calculated at £5.3m ($8.9m) per year, or £102,653 per week in the period under review.For all the latest sports news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
This shows that be it building the tallest tower in the world or being the best team in the league, Arabs can achieve anything if they are determined enough. This should be a positive sign and source of motivation for young Arabs everywhere.
What motivation? That if they're a billionaire, they too can buy a football team of overpriced Europeans to win a sparkly cup? Great life lesson there Ashraf.