DOHA: Prices of tickets for this week’s football friendly to be played between European giants France’s Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Spain’s Real Madrid in Doha have soared to an astronomical sum of QR700 on the black market, news reports have said.
The tickets are being sold at QR700 on the black market and it is expected to reach at least QR1,000 on the day of match, reports claim.
The Qatar Football Association (QFA) issued 50,000 tickets for the public a couple of weeks ago. A few days ago, the organisers confirmed the match was a sell-out as football-crazy fans in the country and the region picked up the tickets.
The match is scheduled to be held on January 2 at the Khalifa Stadium to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the launch of Al Jazeera Sports channel.
Most of the tickets were bought by fans by logging on to the QFA website, Al Sharq newspaper reported. The ticket prices were said to be between ¤20 and ¤50, the report added.
PSG, who are the French national league champions, are in Qatar for their winter training camp. The team arrived in Doha on December 29. Soon after touchdown, PSG hit the training pitch at Aspire Academy.
Former World Cup winning defender with France Laurent Blanc is the manager of PSG which also has the services of influential striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Other key players include Thiago Silva, Claude Makelele.
The French giants who reached the Champions League quarterfinals last season enjoyed similar rock-star treatment from Doha fans when they undertook their first winter break last January.
A little over a year ago, Doha hosted World Cup champions Spain and Uruguay at the same venue that attracted a packed house for the friendly.
The Real Madrid roster includes Portugal’s Cristiano Ronlado, new signing Gareth Bale, goalkeeper Iker Casillas, Karim Benzema and popular Sergio Ramos. Influential midfielders Xabi Alonso and Pepe will also feature in the high profile match.
Real is the world’s richest football club in terms of revenue, with an annual turnover of €513m, and the most valuable sports team, worth €3.3bn.