Isnt it? Or do you think PSG is bigger than Marseille too? Team isnt equal to club
That is an absolutely woeful comparison. Villa last won a major trophy thirty years ago. Marseille were ligue 1 champions only two years ago.
There has to be a cut off point when it comes to relying purely on history for club status. I agree that history should be a deciding factor when it comes to seperating clubs that have a similar recent
history, but when your success, attendances and relevancy are all dwindling then it's far reaching to call yourself a big club. Villa have a big history but I certainly wouldn't call them a big club anymore, more of a sleeping giant. Is one European Cup win thirty years ago enough to cement big big club status? If so then Chelsea must be a big club, otherwise it's hypocritical to say that they aren't.
At least with clubs like Liverpool you can say that they won the UEFA cup just over a decade ago and the Champion's League only seven years ago, despite being poor in the last few years. They were also challenging for the top four places in the premier league not so long ago. Any clubs that have dominated eras of European football should have some kind of grand recognition because it's a rarity, so Liverpool will always be a big club in that sense.
I guess it's really hard to define what makes a club 'big' in modern football, so many different factors are involved so it's not as if you can make a definitive check list of what needs to have been accomplished. It's probably premature to call Citeh a big club, but they have laid the foundations in order to become one in the future. Regardless of this, they're one of the most powerful clubs around because money speaks volumes in football.
Staying on the subject of dismissing clubs as being big due to the avaiability of money, are we saying that Real aren't a big club due to alfonso XIII and Franco's involvement? Just curious to see what people say on that one, considering 'Ziggs' thinks that big clubs should not be built on riches.