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Monaco: Why is this stadium half empty?

By George Ramsay, for CNN

Published 1206 GMT (2006 HKT) September 28, 2016
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Kamil Glik celebrates after smashing home a late equaliser in Monaco's Champions League game against Bayer Leverkusen, but only 8,100 fans attended the game. VALERY HACHE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Javier Hernandez had put Leverkusen in front with a header mid-way through the second half. VALERY HACHE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Monaco's Stade Louis II is located in the idyllic French Riviera on the Mediterranean coast. As a commercial center, the city-state has come to attract the rich and wealthy. Patrice Coppee/AFP/Getty Images/file
Russian businessman Dimitri Rybolovlev bought a stake in Monaco's football team in December 2011. Now club president, his investment has helped bring high profile signings to the club. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images/file
Radamel Falcao, the Colombian international, moved from Atlético Madrid to the newly-promoted AS Monaco in 2013 for a reported fee of €60 million ($67 million). After loan spells at Manchester United and Chelsea, Falcao is back playing at Monaco for the 2015-16 season. PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images
But despite its big-money signings, Monaco has struggled to draw in big crowds. Here, Monaco's Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva wins a header in front of a smattering of fans. Silva signed for Monaco from Benfica in 2014. VALERY HACHE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
In July 2016, midfielder Joao Moutinho (left) won the Euros with Portugal in front of 75,000 people. In Monaco, he plays in front of sparser crowds. He is pictured vying for the ball with Rennes' forward Paul-Georges Ntep. VALERY HACHE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Glik (right) heads the ball against French Ligue 1 side Angers. The match saw an attendance of just 6,075 people. VALERY HACHE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The Stade Louis II has a capacity of just over 18,000. But during the 2015-16 season, Monaco averaged just 7,836 for its home games, the second lowest in the league despite finishing third. Mike Hewitt/Getty Images/file
With assets valued at more than $1 billion, Prince Albert II is one of the richest royals in the world. Although the club may not attract big crowds, it is capable of drawing in celebrity faces. LEGRAND/Gamma-Rapho/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
But will Monaco ever be able to match big names with big crowds at the Stade Louis II? DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/AFP/Getty Images