Runners-up to Montpellier in the previous league campaign, Paris Saint-Germain were out to take the upper hand right away in season 2012-2013, a full 19 years after their last title win. And to get the job done, the capital club gave itself the means to live up to its ambitions.
In the summer of 2012, Paris invested massively in the transfer market, recruiting Ezequiel Lavezzi, Thiago Silva, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marco Verratti and Gregory van der Wiel. These big names were joined in the following winter transfer window by Lucas and David Beckham.
With its heavyweight recruiting and its galaxy of stars, Paris Saint-Germain knew that everyone would see them coming… and they responded in the best possible manner!
Propelled by the exceptional Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ligue 1 top scorer and the first man to score 30 goals in a Ligue 1 season since Jean-Pierre Papin in 1990, Carlo Ancelotti's first team would finish the season with a 12-point lead over nearest rivals Marseille having turned in a magnificent performance over nine months (25 wins, eight draws, five defeats). Emblems of Paris' dominance that season included their league-topping attack (69 goals) and the division's most miserly defence (23 goals conceded).
And so it was on May 12, 2013, with two matches left to play - after a Jérémy Menez goal had clinched a hard-fought 1-0 win over Lyon - that Paris claimed the third title of Champions of France in the club's history.
A week later, on the occasion of a great win over Brest (3-1), Paris put on an incredible show for the fans as the Ligue 1 title was presented to Paris at the Parc des Princes. This penultimate round of the season was marked by the tears and the words of David Beckham, who had just played the match of his career: "Winning this title is really great for the team, and to be able to celebrate it here with our fans has been really special. I was very emotional when I left the field. The welcome and tributes that I received were quite simply incredible." The high point in a season of success in every area.