He is a self made billionaire though he has been accused of using illegal means to amass his wealth. However, no one can dispute his passion for football. He has made considerable investments in the game and his commitment to the cause is well respected all around the world. He acquired the Barclays Premier League club Chelsea in the year 2003 with the vision of raising it to the status of being one of the greatest clubs in the world like Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Manchester United.
Immediately after acquiring the club, Roman Abramovich proved his commitment to the club by initiating a process directed towards elevating the stature of the club of Chelsea. He invested a considerable amount of money for signing new players, to build a new training facility, to bring in top level coaches, and to help the club to achieve unparalleled success. This meant that Chelsea suffered major losses in their first year under him that were so high that it was expected that it would not be before 2010 that they would be able to report profits. However, the increase in the sale of Chelsea Tickets with their improved performance and the funds contributed by their owner has been a major alleviating factor for the club.
Roman Abramovich brought in Claudio Ranieri as the coach of the team. He guided the team to a respectable second place finish in the league and helped them to reach the semi finals of the Champions League. However, this was not good enough for the new owner as he wanted more and he sacked Ranieri to bring in José Mourinho – the coach who had guided Porto to a Champions League victory the previous season. This was a brilliant move by Abramovich as Chelsea dominated the league under Mourinho and ended up wining the league after a period of 50 years. They completely dominated the league for a period of two years which saw a huge increase in the fan base of Chelsea all over the world which contributed to the increase in sale of the Chelsea Tickets.
Though Chelsea has enjoyed considerable success under Roman Abramovich, his involvement with the club has often times been criticized for spoiling the spirit of the game. He gave the club complete liberty for making as many signings as they want as long they were delivering. This meant that all the other clubs wised up to the fact that Chelsea will be willing to pay a huge amount of money to acquire talent for their club. This caused a distortion in the price market as there was surge in the transfer fees of the players. For example, Shevchenko was acquired by the club at a transfer fee of £30 million, which was a record of that time.
The feud between Abramovich and Mourinho saw the latter leaving the club on mutual consent. It has been a tough struggle for Chelsea after the departure of the great one as they now have now gone through a flurry of changes in coach in hopes of regaining their form through which they dominated the league. The latest manager in this line is André Villas-Boas who is currently doing a fine job as Chelsea are in the 3rd spot in the league table and hot in race for the title. The high benchmark set by the Abramovich means that there are high expectations from him and it only remains to be seen if he will be able to live up to the expectations.