Things to happen in the world since Chelsea were ‘founded’ in 2003, including Twitter, Frank Lampard at Man City and Cristiano Ronaldo’s transformation

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In 2003, the Blues won the Russian lottery when billionaire Roman Abramovich bought the club and giving rise to ‘Chelski’

Chelsea struck oil in 2003 when 36-year-old billionaire Roman Abramovich bought the club and transformed the Premier League as we knew it.

The Blues have become a football powerhouse in the years following, winning Premier League titles and even being able to call themselves champions of Europe.

And since the birth of ‘Chelski’, a lot of other great stuff has kept us entertained, too.

1. Delia Smith became a football legend

2. Twitter was founded

It was built from nothing, just like Chelsea, and it’s owner is also worth a few billion quid, too. It also gave football fans a voice to lament every misplaced pass and see the modern fan turn on their ‘heroes’ in an instant

3. Frank Lampard became both a Chelsea and Man City legend

Lampard left Chelsea as their greatest goal scorer in 2014 and cemented his place in City hears by then scoring for the club AGAINST the Blues. When he signed off – in a 2015 games against Southampton – he scored and was given a standing ovation and later celebrated by his team-mates. A City Legend.

Lampard left Chelsea as their greatest goal scorer in 2014 and cemented his place in City hears by then scoring for the club AGAINST the Blues. When he signed off – in a 2015 games against Southampton – he scored and was given a standing ovation and later celebrated by his team-mates. A City Legend.

4. Thomas Gravesen became a Real Madrid Galactico

There he is, top right, alongside Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos and David Beckham. Real Madrid bought Gravesen from Everton in a £2.6m deal in 2005

There he is, top right, alongside Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos and David Beckham. Real Madrid bought Gravesen from Everton in a £2.6m deal in 2005

5. Ronaldo went from this…

Man United signed 18-year-old Ronaldo for £12.24m in 2003

Man United signed 18-year-old Ronaldo for £12.24m in 2003

To this…

Ronaldo celebrated his sensational opener against Man United by showing fans his six pack. Since leaving Old Trafford in 2009 for £80m, he became one of the greatest players in the world. He left in 2018, but not before scoring 451 times for the club

Ronaldo celebrated his sensational opener against Man United by showing fans his six pack. Since leaving Old Trafford in 2009 for £80m, he became one of the greatest players in the world. He left in 2018, but not before scoring 451 times for the club


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