Paris Saint-Germain shook up the transfer market in the summer when they signed Neymar for a world-record fee of £200m.
Real won 2-1 at the Parc des Princes and advanced into the quarter-finals 5-2 on aggregate.
PSG have been charged on four counts by European's football governing body over the use of fireworks and a laser pointer during their defeat to defending champions Real Madrid on Tuesday. But then things turned against us: Real Madrid scored, Marco Verratti was sent off. obviously, with ten men, it got all the more hard.
But when the dust settles in PSG's latest Champions League blowout, perhaps the club's owners will look at the City model and decide to alter their approach.
Real Madrid entered the match with an aggregate lead and wasn't as desperate for a victory, and they rested Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos.
Though, it's noted that Neymar himself doesn't want an immediate return to Catalonia; his plan is to play another season at PSG before going back to his old stomping ground for the 2019/20 campaign. But with midfielder Marco Verratti already sent off, scoring two more to force extra time was beyond a lackluster PSG side.
And Zidane, asked about the possibility that a club could soon by €400m for a player as mooted by AS, believed that such a price would soon be entirely possible.
PSG had been one of the early-season favourites to win the Champions League this season following their summer transfer window which saw the arrivals of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. "But we have a chance, for sure, to go through to the semifinals".
"We played the ball back and forth but you can not score just doing that".
PSG's exit is likely to fuel speculation over Neymar's future.
Al-Khelaifi's beIN Sports owns the exclusive worldwide distribution rights for television coverage of the French league, and the network is now in the process of negotiating new deals around the world. The Argentina forward has scored five goals in his last five matches, including the lone strike in the 1-1 draw against Chelsea in the first leg of the last 16 in the Champions League.