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Docuseries On Premier League Billionaire Owners To Be Produced By David Beckham

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Docuseries On Premier League Billionaire Owners To Be Produced By David Beckham

David Beckham's company are set to produce a docuseries about the rise of billionaire owners in the Premier League, for Paramount +.

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Football club owners have become increasingly high profile in the past two decades, thanks to the rise of billionaires who are in charge of top tier clubs.

Chelsea and Manchester City are the best examples of team's benefitting from their super rich owners and Roman Abramovich's takeover of the Blues really was the start of it.

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The Russian bought the London club in 2003, when they were on the verge of financial problems, and they never really looked back, winning their first Premier League title just two years later.

Now Beckham's production company Studio 99 will produce a four part docuseries about the period between 2000 and 2010, when Abramovich made his club into a super power, before City were bought five years later.

Abramovich watching his Chelsea team. Image: Alamy
Abramovich watching his Chelsea team. Image: Alamy

The show, with a working title of "The Premiership: Rise of the Billionaires," will be shown on Paramount +, as the subscription service comes to the UK this week.

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Its timing is pretty perfect with Abramovich having sold Chelsea earlier this month, after 19 years of success at Stamford Bridge, after sanctions were placed on the Russian oligarch.

The end of his spell in the Premier League was very much in contrast to the rest of his time, as the club couldn't even sell merchandise, never mind spend money on buying players.

During his time spending on incoming transfers, Abramovich forked out over £2 billion of his own money, with Romelu Lukaku's £97.5 million fee last year the most he spent on one player.

Lukaku was Abramovich's most expensive signing. Image: Alamy
Lukaku was Abramovich's most expensive signing. Image: Alamy
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That hasn't exactly turned out well, with the Belgian expected to return to Inter Milan this summer on loan, after just eight league goals in the previous campaign for Thomas Tuchel's team.

Fans have been warned that the spending under Abramovich is unlikely to be matched by new owner Todd Boehly, with the American leading a consortium.

However, the two time Champions League winners have recently been heavily linked with a move for Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling.

They are likely to sign at least one defender as well, having lost Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta this summer.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: David Beckham, Manchester City, Chelsea, Premier League

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