Super business man and Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich has been granted Portuguese citizenship, a local newspaper Publico reports quoting the country’s justice ministry.
The Portuguese law allows the naturalisation of Sephardic Jews who had been expelled from the country in medieval times.
The Russia-born billionaire received Portuguese citizenship on April 30 this year, the source reveals.
Abramovich already holds Russian and Israeli passports. His Israeli citizenship allows him visa-free travel to England.
Meanwhile, Abramovich had within the same period celebrated judgement over book that claimed Putin made him buy Chelsea.
The court has ruled over the case and adjudged that nine defamatory allegations were made about the Chelsea owner, including the one about the purchase of the club.
A spokesperson for Abramovich released this statement: “We welcome today’s judgment which rules that the book “Putin’s People” indeed makes several defamatory allegations about Mr Abramovich, including false allegations about the nature of the purchase of Chelsea Football Club.
“We are pleased that the judgment has found that the book carries a total of 9 defamatory allegations against Mr Abramovich, in line with the arguments in Mr Abramovich’s initial claim.
“Today’s judgment also rules that these allegations are allegations of fact and not an expression of opinion, as argued by the defendants.
“Today’s judgment further underscores the need for the false and defamatory claims about Mr Abramovich to be corrected as soon as possible.”
Since Abramovich’s take over of the club back in 2003, Chelsea have transformed into one of the best clubs in Europe and arguably the best English club of the last decade.
It’s good to see that the wrong comments about him will be addressed and changed.