Yet Sheikh Mansour did see in Barcelona’s model something that dovetailed with his vision and goes beyond the football: from international expansion to the opening of new markets, from youth development to revenue creation there are parallels. It may be over-simplistic, but here there’s a temptation to say that City, like Barcelona, want to be likeable; to avoid being seen just as arrivistes.

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