Over £2bn spent, 15 managers and 21 trophies – Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea property in numbers as Russia announce decision to sell club


Roman Abramovich’s days as Chelsea owner will soon be over after announcing his decision to sell the club.

Just a week ago, it seemed unthinkable that the Russian billionaire oligarch would sell his most prized asset after nearly 19 years at the helm.

Chelsea have won everything in club football since Abramovich took over in 2003

But the invasion of Ukraine by Russia has radically changed the situation.

There have been calls for the British government to impose sanctions on Abramovich after a number of Russian oligarchs have already been hit with such sanctions.

In a lengthy statement on Tuesday, Abramovich said: “I would like to address the speculation in the media over the past few days regarding my ownership of Chelsea FC.

“As I have already said, I have always taken decisions in the interest of the Club.

“In the current situation, I have therefore taken the decision to sell the Club, as I believe it is in the best interest of the Club, the fans, the employees, as well as the sponsors and partners of the Club.

Over £2bn spent, 15 managers and 21 trophies – Roman Abramovich's Chelsea property in numbers as Russia announce decision to sell club
Abramovich reportedly ready to sell Chelsea
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“The sale of the Club will not be expedited but will follow due process. I will not ask for any loan repayment.

“For me, it was never about business or money, but pure passion for the game and the club. In addition, I tasked my team with creating a charitable foundation where all net profits of the sale will be donated.

“The foundation will benefit all victims of the war in Ukraine. This includes providing essential funds for the urgent and immediate needs of victims, as well as supporting long-term recovery work.

“Please know that this has been an incredibly difficult decision to make, and it hurts me to part ways with the club in this way. However, I believe it is in the interest of the club.

“I hope I can visit Stamford Bridge one last time to say goodbye to you in person.


Over £2bn spent, 15 managers and 21 trophies – Roman Abramovich's Chelsea property in numbers as Russia announce decision to sell club
Chelsea are the reigning European champions
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“It has been the privilege of a lifetime to be part of Chelsea FC and I am proud of all our joint achievements. Chelsea Football Club and its supporters will always be in my heart.”

Rightly or wrongly, Abramovich changed the face of the Premier League and the Russian was the role model billionaires around the world hoped to follow in their own steps into the sporting realm.

The 55-year-old bought Chelsea in 2003 for just £60m, at a time when the west Londoners hadn’t won a league title since the 1955/56 season.

Chelsea’s Abramovich era in numbers

£2.1bn – Money spent on players

£1.16 billion – Value of players sold

15 – Number of managers

1,449 – Premier League Points

21 – Trophies won since 2003

5 – Premier League titles

2 – Champions Leagues

5 – FA Cups

3 – League Cups

2 – Europa Leagues

2 – Community shields

1 – UEFA Super Cup

1 – FIFA Club World Cup

Abramovich showered the Premier League club with money, spending over £150million in his debut season.

Claudio Ranieri received 13 new players, including Hernan Crespo, Adrian Mutu, Juan Sebastian Veron and Joe Cole.

The results were evident in that debut campaign as they finished second in the league – there’s no shame in being runners-up to Arsenal’s Invincibles – and reached the Champions League semi-finals.

But we got the first glimpse of a brand in the Abramovich era, the first management sacking, as Ranieri was fired after that campaign.

Jose Mourinho was brought in and ushered in a dominant period in the club’s history.

Over £2bn spent, 15 managers and 21 trophies – Roman Abramovich's Chelsea property in numbers as Russia announce decision to sell club
Chelsea enjoyed the most successful period in club history over the past two decades
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Consecutive Premier League titles followed, the first of 19 trophies won during the Russian era in charge.

Several FA Cups and League Cups came quickly, along with Champions League crowns under Roberto Di Matteo and Thomas Tuchel, Europa League gongs under Rafael Benitez and Maurizio Sarri, with Chelsea completing the set by winning the Cup of the club world last month.

Blues fans enjoyed the most successful period in the club’s history with over £2billion spent on transfers.

Their fears will now focus on the future of their club which, until this week, seemed very secure.

Over £2bn spent, 15 managers and 21 trophies – Roman Abramovich's Chelsea property in numbers as Russia announce decision to sell club
Roman Abramovich’s nearly two-decade stint at Chelsea helm could be coming to an end
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And talkSPORT reporter Alex Crook thinks the Londoners could struggle to sustain their incredible success without Abramovich’s backing.

“I think what we can say is that Chelsea are unlikely to find an owner with such deep pockets as Roman Abramovich, the man who bought them so much success over the past two decades. “, he said on the White and Jordan. To display.

“If a sale goes through, I think it will dramatically change the landscape at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea may find it difficult to compete with Man City in the immediate future.”


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