Roman Abramovich was absolutely ecstatic as Kai Havertz put Chelsea ahead in the Champions League final. The Russian owner was inside the Estadio do Dragao to watch the Blues’ highly-contested clash with Manchester City and his nerves were finally eased towards the end of the first half as Havertz broke the deadlock.
Splitting the City defence in two, Havertz made a smart run in behind Ruben Dias as Oleksandr Zinchenko struggled to track him.
Havertz then rounded Ederson – despite a touch off the goalkeeper’s hand – before slotting into the empty net.
And cameras captured a passionate Abramovich enjoying the moment with his family and those around him.
Former Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko, who is a close friend of Abramovich, was sat directly in front.
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The Ukrainian was signed by Jose Mourinho in 2006 and although he failed to replicate his AC Milan form in west London he is still remembered fondly at Stamford Bridge, playing several matches for the legends side.
Abramovich high-fived Shevchenko while tensing his face before turning to his side and dishing out more fist bumps and high fives.
The wealthy billionaire has not been able to get to England to watch his side since 2018 due to the expiry of his visa.
Since then he has managed to watch Chelsea win the Europa League two years ago in Baku.
Furthermore, he was also in attendance in Russia earlier this season when Chelsea beat Krasnodar in the Champions League group stages.
He also made the trip to Gothenburg to watch the Women’s Champions League final earlier this month in which Emma Hayes’ side fell short against Barcelona.
Abramovich was of course in attendance in Munich in 2012 when Roberto Di Matteo guided Chelsea to their first European Cup.
Tonight’s game will also be the first time he has met new boss Thomas Tuchel.
At half-time, the German was just 45 minutes away from delivering the biggest prize of all in his first six months at the helm.