Nevertheless, sporting things did not always go well. Six years ago, Monaco dangled desolate at the bottom of Ligue 2, after the club had been relegated from Ligue 1 the previous year. At the time, a miracle seemed necessary to stop the decay.
Fortunately for Monaco, that miracle also came, listening to the name Dimitri Rybolovlev. The Russian investor brought some purchases with him and Monaco maintained in Ligue 2, to become a champion a year later, after which the comeback at the highest French level was a fact.
Players like James Rodríguez, Radamel Falcao and João Moutinho came for tens of millions. But at the same time Rybolovlev realized that the Monegasken is about youth.
"After a few top transfers in his first year, Rybolovlev realized that you can not earn money in Monaco", Van Wessem recalls. "Monaco is a small club with a very small constituency, you are not going to sell millions of shirts from a new top purchase here."
"The same applies to sponsors, who are more difficult to find in Monaco than in Paris, Lyon or Marseille, for example."
'Begins to look like a trading house'
Attract young players, let them break through in the first and then sell them. That is what it is all about in the principality. And so money is earned to run at the top.
"After the first year under Rybolovlev the club played every year even, and with all transfers he also took out his entire investment", Van Wessem knows.
"If we can call it a trading house, it is not exactly yet, but it is starting to look more and more like it, they are certainly very attentive to the youth market."