With the London club facing Manchester City in Saturday’s Champions League final, fans have paid tribute to the Russian billionaire who has owned the club since 2003.
A month ago, they took to the streets and vented their anger at the empty Stamford Bridge Stadium. Chelsea’s supporters collectively opposed their club’s participation in the UEFA Super League project. “This is a betrayal”, Believe in today’s passionate supporter, subscriber Jez Walters for twenty-five years. Imagine that his club can participate in the game without being relegated or promoted, which is not in line with his idea of football. “If this happens, supporters like me will leave the club and give up going to the stadium”, He promised.
However, when Chelsea were preparing to face Manchester City in the Champions League final in Porto (Portugal) on Saturday, May 29, this incident did not seem to change the supporters’ great respect for Roman Abramovich. The Russian billionaire has owned the club since 2003. “He was very positive and made us a force in Europe. In the past, we didn’t even dare to dream of such a result.”, Continue to M. Walters.
Dave Johnson, who owns a ticket to Porto and has a negative PCR test, is one of approximately 6,000 club supporters who have won tickets for the final (the same number will come from Manchester). He is more enthusiastic: “I love Abramovich. When we win the FA Cup [FA Cup] In 1997, I think this was the peak period I experienced in the club. Since then, we have won five Premier League titles, six FA Cup titles, one Champions League title, and two European Cup titles. We are really spoiled. “
Traveling everywhere and keeping a fan magazine in the club, he even met oligarchs many times. After an impromptu meeting in the stadium parking lot (“I was allowed to talk to him, but his bodyguard warned me not to make any sudden gestures.”), the billionaire even agreed to pay him a few hundred euros a month as compensation for his volunteer work in the club museum.
The amazing relationship between Chelsea’s supporters and the wealth-creating Russians (estimated Forbes To 15.2 billion US dollars) In the smoldering rubble of the Soviet Union in the 1990s, from oil to aluminum to steel. When he came to English football in June 2003, the idea of letting a foreign billionaire run a long-established club was new.