Why Chelsea's billiionaire boss came to our shores

Why Chelsea's billiionaire boss came to our shores

Chelsea's billionaire owner Roman Abramovich was spotted at Gardens by the Bay over the weekend.

Singapore has been left stunned. No one goes to Gardens by the Bay during weekends.

Presumably, the Russian got lost looking for the casino.

He must have been at a loose end for a few hours, had some pocket change and decided to buy Marina Bay Sands to pass the time.

But Abramovich really was in Singapore over the weekend. His trip was confirmed by a spokesman after the most surreal image surfaced online since Jean Claude van Damme did the splits between two super trucks. (In his heyday, he used to do the splits between two supermodels.)

The first photo of Abramovich was a snap taken by some Malay pals who chanced upon the Russian at the Gardens by the Bay's Cloud Forest.

The Russian thought the ticket prices were a bit of a rip-off, too.

Standing behind him in the queue, eyewitnesses allegedly overheard him telling his entourage: "It's $28 a ticket? Are you kidding me? Oh, it also includes entry to the Flower Dome? For $28, it should include Lionel Messi. I haven't been overcharged this much since I bought Andriy Shevchenko."

Such a scenario is not as preposterous as it seems. Billionaires rarely carry actual cash around with them. They're a bit like West Ham in the transfer market.

But Abramovich, to his eternal credit, wanted to avoid becoming a cardboard cut-out of a tourist cliche, so he got down with the locals and kept it real.

He popped up at the Tiong Bahru market disguised as an ah pek.

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