‘Do svidaniya, Abra’, the rejection of Abramóvich ends an era in English football

He has never scored a goal, nor taken a penalty or a corner, but he has taken a direct red card for his friendship/alliance with Putin after the invasion of Ukraine (the withdrawal of his visa by the English government after the poisoning in Salisbury by Russian agents of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in 2018 can be considered a yellow). Now he has tried to make the stop of his life, which would have been to stop the sanctions and keep his properties in the United Kingdom (including Chelsea), but the ball has slipped through the squad.

The stigmatized Roman Abramóvich, who does not know where he lives and has three nationalities (from the Russian Federation, Israel and Portugal) and more passports than a secret agent from the first cold war, will in any case go down in history as a decisive character in the history of the Premier League and European football. You can talk about the pre-roman era and of the it was post-roman of which we just entered year one ( Happy New Year! ).

The oligarch was not interested in football until he witnessed a Cristiano hat-trick at Old Trafford

He was born into a middle-class Jewish family on the banks of the Volga River, but his mother, a piano teacher, died when he was only one year old, and his father shortly after, being raised by uncles. His maternal grandparents were Ukrainians, while his paternal grandparents lived in Belarus until the revolution, when they settled in Lithuania and became victims of the extermination campaign (the grandfather lost his life in a concentration camp). It can be said that Abramovich was a true son of the Soviet Union, when his dominions extended to Kyiv, Minsk and Tallinn, perhaps those that Putin would like to recover. His studies did not interest him, so he joined the Red Army just when Mikhail Gorbachev was beginning to talk about concepts like volume and the perestroika .

By then open He was not a Chelsea fan, nor did he know hardly anything about the English team, and his interest was to trade anything that fell into his hands, whether they were chocolate bars, dolls, cigarettes, tires or rubles. And let alone an oil company if he was put on the spot, which is what happened in 2005 when he and a partner (with whom he fell out in the British courts) convinced Eltson to sell them the state-owned company Sibneft, predecessor of Gazprom. , for a measly 200 million euros. He won the lottery for them, because shortly after they resold it to the State for 12,000 million.

While other tycoons were persecuted and imprisoned, Roman managed to get on good terms with Putin, was appointed governor of a Siberian province and was able to keep his fortune (estimated at 18,000 million euros before sanctions). With part of the money he bought a mansion next to Hyde Park and Kensington Palace, where he was a neighbor of the royal family, another on the island of Saint Barths and apartments in Knightsbridge, New York, Paris and Aspen (Colorado). And apart from the capital, he still had pocket change to acquire Chelsea in 2003 for 150 million euros, after searching in vain for teams for sale in Spain and Italy (a hat trick of Cristiano Ronaldo that he saw live at Old Trafford made him discover the glamor of football). The business was concluded in a weekend, and almost in a napkin, as Messi’s father’s first contract with Barça.

For two decades, Abramovich arrived by helicopter at Stamford Bridge and invited Russian politicians, British prime ministers, Hollywood stars and US President Bill Clinton to the box. All this time, the English and European government and football told him Thank you (Thank you). Now they tell him make sbidaniya (bye). And if I’ve seen you I don’t remember.


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