Why Jesper Gronkjaer didn’t score Chelsea’s billion-pound goal

On the final day of the 2002-03 season, Jesper Gronkjaer bagged the winner for Chelsea against Liverpool to seal European football and, very possibly, their future as a super-rich club. Right?

Well, not quite.


According to Premier League folklore, European qualification is what persuaded Roman Abramovich to buy Chelsea and the success that comes with billions of pounds of investment.

And although Gronkjaer’s goal against their rivals for European football put the result beyond any doubt, had he not scored it, the club would still have made it into Europe.

Sami Hyypia had put Liverpool 1-0 up, but it was another Chelsea star who should be credited with scoring the billion-pound goal.

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Marcel Desailly equalised for Chelsea, and the 1-1 draw would have been enough to secure European football the following season and, apparently, Abramovich’s investment.

Sorry to steal your thunder, Jesper, but we’re on team Marcel.


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