The staggering fortune of Al-Rayyan’s owners, James’s new team

After hours of rumors and speculation, the arrival of James Rodriguez to Qatar is a reality.

Waiting for him to debut with the shirt of the Al Rayyan, the majority of Colombians try to investigate the background of that exotic club to which the cucuteño arrives.

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From the images that circulate on the internet of the luxurious properties that abound in the Qatari emirate, the big question is the same: Who are the owners of the new team of James?

The answer is correct: the ‘owners’ of the country.

The ’10’ and the ‘blessing’ of the emirate

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.


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In front of the Al Rayyan Sports Club there is the young Abdullah bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

And although his name does not provide much information for the general population, the key to his power is in his last name: Al Thani.

The young Abdullah, 33, is part of the royal family of Qatar that has ruled the country for some time. more than a century.

In that small emirate, more than 13 thousand kilometers from Colombia, the Al Thani lineage is synonymous with power.

According to calculations by ‘Forbes’, Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, one of the leaders of that wealthy dynasty, has a fortune of around the $ 1.3 trillion.

Regarding its large properties, some specialized sources point out that the United Kingdom is one of its best-known investment centers.

The Qatari royal family is estimated to have deposited at least $ 50 billion on British lands.

Even, according to the ‘BBC’ media chain, “The Al Thani have more properties in London than Queen Elizabeth II herself”.

Of all its range of luxuries in the English capital, one of the tallest skyscrapers in Europe stands out: The Shard.

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In your country, in addition to renowned oil wells practically exploited at the state level, the rulers of Qatar enjoy ownership of well-known communication channels in the Arab world.

Chain ‘Al Jazeera’, perhaps the most important in the Middle East, is part of its list of acquisitions.

Likewise, the renowned sports broadcasting chain ‘BEIN Media’, which stands out for having the broadcasting rights of major sports competitions, is also owned by the ruling sheiks.

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Great footballers who passed through the Qatar league

Fernando Hierro and the brothers Frank and Ronald de Boer have already played at the club where the Cucuteño arrived.


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From a few years now, football has played a transcendental role in the modern growth of Qatar.

In recent times, it has been a common practice for great players to go in their last years of activity to play in the fields of the emirate.

Not surprisingly, today the members of the royal family are the owners of the Paris saint germain, the bombastic team that currently has the luxury of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kyllian Mbappé in its ranks.

The most optimistic have come to dream that James’ passage through Qatar will bring him closer to the PSG squad.

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At the moment, the only certain thing is that the ’10’ cucuteño is already in the house of the next World Cup.

Will it be a ‘play’ to be closer to the Colombia selection? Only time will tell.

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