We all keep, in our childhood memories, the picture of that rich and spoiled kid that cornered all our games because he had too much money and always had the best toys.
He always picked the friends who he wanted to play with, often the ones who were the best for each game and, when he was fed up with them or they didn't do what he wanted, he would "throw" them away and pick new ones.
Sometimes, when none of these "preferred friends" were available he would pick others that he considered less adequate for a day or two.
We also remember that very popular kid who, in team games, was everyone's favourite. We all wanted to hang out with him and, for that reason only, picked him for our team or wanted to be picked for his team.
Roman Abramovich is the adult version of those kids. Indulging his childish mind, he bought a football club which he then transformed in a childish game. Rich, powerful and influential he transformed Chelsea, a club with very little silverware prior to his arrival into one of the most powerful clubs of world football.
In order to do that, he used the same tricks as those kids from our childhood. With his never-ending resources of money and its influence he enticed friends who were most adequate for his play - José Mourinho, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Carlo Ancelotti, André Villas-Boas - and when those were not available he enticed the less adequate - Avram Grant, Roberto di Matteo, Rafael Benitez - to replace them momentarily.
His money also bought the best and most wanted toys - Didier Drogba, Michael Ballack, Ashley Cole, Ricardo Carvalho, Fernando Torres, Andriy Shevchenko, Eden Hazard, Petr Cech - so that the play was fun for Roman.
Problems always started when the friends playing with Roman didn't like the toys that he bought.
For example, Mourinho didn't like to play with Andriy Shevchenko because he thought he was past his best. Carlo didn't like to play with Fernando Torres, also because he didn't think Torres was necessary for the team. However,
Roman had spent such an immense sum of money on those toys that he tried to impose them to his friends. Other friends, like Scolari, had a temper that Roman couldn't bear for long periods of time so they were put aside too.
Roman's play, like each play, has a goal, intermediate goals and final goals. As such, the friends that Roman picks to play with him are also kept or removed from the fun according to those goals being achieved or not.
Mourinho and Ancelotti managed to meet the intermediate goals - to win the Premier League and some domestic cup competitions - and for that reason kept playing a little longer. Scolari and Villas-Boas didn't meet any of those goals and were rapidly discarded.
As a matter of curiosity, it was the "substitute" friends - Avram Grant and Roberto di Matteo - that achieved the final goal of the play, by reaching the finals of the UEFA Champions League.
Poor Avram died on the beach and was put aside, but Di Matteo managed to achieve the historical feat of "winning the final level" of the game.
Chelsea won the Champions League, with the precious help of an outcast toy, Fernando Torres. However, Roberto, after winning the final level was already waiting to reach the "final boss" of the game - the FIFA World Club Championship in Tokyo. The Italian thought he had managed to gain some influence over Roman, and started to discard one of Roman's favourite toys in Torres.
Roman, who had spent a very large sum of money on this toy decided it was time to also discard Roberto. Meanwhile, he called Rafael Benitez to come play. Benitez is the only boy who likes to play with Fernando Torres. However, he knows that this play will only last for a short time, because Roman was trying to entice one of the most adequate boys, Pep Guardiola, to play and is now looking at others like Manuel Pellegrini.
It is as yet unkown if Benitez can prove to Roman, yet again, that it isn't always the best and most expensive toys that make us happiest, because it's not the toys' price tag that matters the most. It is the happiness they can offer us within.
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