Ronaldinho’s first European club and the side where David Beckham played out his final season in football, Paris Saint-Germain are no strangers to the biggest names plying their trade in one of the world’s greatest cities. Playing in the famous Parc des Princes since entering Ligue 1 in 1974, the incomparable Zlatan Ibrahimovic currently calls the venue home. PSG formed in 1970 with the merger of Paris FC and Stade Saint-Germain. They are one of France’s most successful clubs, behind only Marseille.
The PSG crest depicts both Paris, through the Eiffel Tower, and the Saint-Germain-en-Laye area in the fleur-de-lys. Following the split with Paris FC the team adopted the Tower crest having previously used a ball with a ship on one of its panels. Until 2013 and the Qatar Sports Investment’s takeover, it featured the cradle of French King Louis XIV who was born in Saint Germain-en-Laye. This was dropped with the fleur-de-lys remaining. The redesign also saw the name Paris take prominace to cement the global appeal of the ‘City of Light.’
The original was designed by the fashion designer Daniel Hechter who served as club president and also came up with the design of the distinctive PSG shirt. Upon its foundation, the team togged out in red shirts, white shorts and blue socks until the pioneer of ‘ready-to-wear’ came up with the blue with red stripe down the centre and white trims either side.