SANCTIONED Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is no stranger to paying big money to sign players… and to order takeaways.
The billionaire Russian once splashed out a whopping £40,000 to have sushi delivered to him in Azerbaijan, all the way from LONDON.
Back in the early 2000s Abramovich had a craving for the Japanese cuisine from the now closed Ubon restaurant in Canary Wharf, while sat 2500 miles away in Baku, capital of Azerbaijan.
And the hankering for sushi was so severe he paid to have plates of it flown over to him by private jet, as reported at the time by The Sunday Times.
Abramovich is claimed to have instructed an aide to put in an order for him and his pals worth £1,200.
It was then transferred by chauffer-driven limousine to Luton airport, whisked through security and onto a waiting private jet.
From there it flew the 2500 miles from London to the other side of Europe, before eventually ending up on Abramovich’s plate.
The entire operation cost a reported £40,000 in total, and would have had Abramovich waiting some time before being able to tuck in.
The flight time from London to Baku is 5hrs 30mins, and that’s without taking into consideration the time it took to prepare the food and ferry it to and from the airport.
It’s a far cry from the latest reports regarding Abramovich after his assets around the world were frozen following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The 55-year-old is said to have begged celebrity pals to lend him cash to stay afloat, although Abramovich himself has dismissed the claims.
Elsewhere the sale of Chelsea continues to rumble on, after the deadline for a takeover was extended earlier this week.