Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Money CAN buy love.

It can buy anything. It can buy the Premiership crown (it’s already in the pocket), it has already brought the Carling cup and it is about to buy the Champions League.

As I write this, AC Milan has won 2-0 against PSV. It’s definitely going to be Chelsea vs AC Milan final and Roman Abramovich’s bank balance will raise by 0.0001% after the final.

Red Devils will be back next season. We will then show them that the only thing that money can’t buy is dedicated passion!

P.S: Though I love to criticize Chelsea & pull their leg, I think they were the deserved winners of all the cups AND deserve to win the Champions league. But as a die hard Man U fan…it takes some time to get used to it. :(


At Mon May 02, 07:31:00 AM EDT, Anonymous Maverick said...

Nice blog you've got and even more nicer to see that you gotta lot to blog about sports!! Me like it very much and be a regular here.

At Mon May 02, 12:37:00 PM EDT, Blogger tifoc said...

Thanks Maverick. I am happy that you liked it.

At Wed May 04, 08:25:00 AM EDT, Anonymous Maverick said...

Number 1.02:
The amount of money spent - in millions of pounds - every day since Roman Abramovich took over Chelsea on 1 July 2003 until the title was won on 30 April 2005.
Abramovich paid £140m to buy the club from Ken Bates and just over £213m has since been splashed on transfer fees.

Didier Drogba £24m
Ricardo Carvalho £19.9m
Damien Duff £17m
Hernan Crespo £16.8m
Claude Makelele £16.6m
Adrian Mutu £15.8m
Juan Sebastian Veron £15m
Paulo Ferreira £13.2m
Arjen Robben £12m
Scott Parker £10m
Tiago £8m
Wayne Bridge £7m
Petr Cech £7m
Geremi £7m
Joe Cole £6.6m
Glen Johnson £6m
Mateja Kezman £5m
Alexei Smertin £3.4m
Jiri Jarosik £3m *
(* Estimated fee)

The wage bill for Abramovich's first 12 months in charge was £115m, with about another £100m spent on wages since July 2004 - and there is also a £115m interest-free loan given to the club by the Russian.
The costs have been offset by television, sponsorship and other revenues.
But with £683.3m forked out in the 670 days between Abramovich's takeover and the title being secured, it means an average of £1.02m has been spent on every single one of those days.
To put that in perspective, it is enough to buy a semi-detached house in Kensington and Chelsea - average price £1.9m - every other day for 22 months. With enough left over to furnish with accoutrements from the swankiest shops on the plush King's Road.
Still, Abramovich has recently displaced Russian oil Mikhail Khodorkovsky as Russia's richest man with an estimated personal fortune of £7.67bn. A mere £683m is small change to him.
The Premiership has proved to be an expensive cup to buy - but to the fans, it will be worth every penny.


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