What Roman Abramovich said when he bought Chelsea back in 2003 has been revisited. This came about as Manchester United fans took to Old Trafford to protest against their owners, who have taken a lot of money out of the club over the years.
The recent developments have revealed that not everyone is as lucky as Chelsea to have a brilliant owner like Roman Abramovich. Here are the golden words that came from the Russian billionaire when he bought Chelsea 18 years ago (via BBC): “Money? [You’re asking me] Is this deal about making a profit?”
“[Laughing] No, it’s not about making money. I have many much less risky ways of making money than this. I don’t want to throw my money away, but it’s really about having fun and that means success and trophies.”
Then BBC’s reporter asked Roma: “Look, Mr. Abramovich, you’re 36, outrageously rich and Russian. To many here that sound very dodgy.”
The Chelsea owner shrugged and replied: “Yes, I know what people say. But there are lots of rich, young people in Russia. We don’t live that long, so we earn it and spend it.
“I’m realising my dream of owning a top football club. Some will doubt my motives, others will think I’m crazy.”
Since then, the rest has become history, with the Blues winning 5 Premier League titles, a Champions League trophy, and several other domestic honors. Hence, it’s fair to say that the owner kept to his words.