//Dmitry Rybolovlev’s AS Monaco silenced the critics again

Dmitry Rybolovlev’s AS Monaco silenced the critics again

Ever since joining AS Monaco, Alexander Golovin had a chip on his shoulder. Touted at home as the best player of his generation, he already had Russian Premier League title and U17 European Championship gold under his belt at only 20 years of age. Still, how he would fare in a top European league was a completely different story.
Dmitry Rybolovlev, a Russian billionaire and AS Monaco owner, was present at the World Cup match between Russia and Croatia a little more than a year ago. He spotted the creative young Russian midfielder and immediately ordered his subordinates to negotiate a transfer with CSKA Moscow.
Shortly after, Golovin joined AS Monaco for a record 30 million euro. The big bet on a promising countryman didn’t seem to pay off immediately, as Golovin struggled to find his place on the pitch and was frequently injured. The press soon started to question whether joining the crisis-torn Ligue 1 club was a smart move for the 22-year-old prospect. Golovin’s sole moment of glory came when he helped his squad avoid relegation with a goal and an assist en route to a 2:0 win over Amiens in Ligue 1 37th day.