The Swansea ball boy who Eden Hazard kicked has been named on The Times’ Young Rich List
Back in 2013, in a League Cup semi-final second leg between Swansea and Chelsea, Hazard was sent off for what he did to a 17-year-old ball boy.
Swansea were leading 2-0 from the first leg and Morgan tried to hold on to the ball in the 80th minute. Hazard, in a desperate attempt to retrieve the ball, he inadvertently kicked the youngster, who proceeded to roll around holding his ribs.
The Belgian star, in just his first season at Chelsea, was given a straight red for his actions and received a three-game ban.
He did, however, apologise for his behaviour, saying: "The ballboy came in the changing room and we had a quick chat. I apologised and the boy apologised as well, and it is over. Sorry."
Weirdly, Morgan seemed to develop a bit of a following online and saw his Twitter followers increase to 100,000.
At the time, Morgan, the son of Swansea City's biggest shareholders Martin and Louisa, was studying for his A-levels. Things didn't eventually quiet down but fast forward nearly a decade and Morgan is on top of the world.
In 2016, he and schoolfriend Jackson Quinn set up Au Vodka. The two noticed there was a gap in the market for a premium Vodka, especially in bottle service.
AU Vodka launched in 2015 by Charlie Morgan and Jackson Quinn have become the best-selling premium vodka in the UK.— The Numbers Game (@Tngtweets1) April 26, 2021
In the past year they have sold over 2 million bottles generating £40m in revenue. pic.twitter.com/80kTRwew0Y
The brand, with its trademark gold bottles in seven different flavours, has gone on to provide service to the likes of Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Tesco and Costco, while Sainsbury's and Asda will soon stock the product.
To begin with, they produced 2,000 bottles a day locally to bars in Swansea but the remarkable growth of the company has seen that figure increase to 35,000 bottles per day and Au is available in 40 countries across the globe.
Black Grape x Milk 🍇🥛 Don’t Judge It Until You Try It 🤤 pic.twitter.com/Bez4zQEihC— Au Vodka (@AuVodka) January 19, 2022
Ronaldinho and Floyd Mayweather are some of the big-name celebrities to endorse Au, while DJ and radio host Charlie Sloth is a business partner and investor.
The Spirits Business named was named as the popular vodka brand on the internet and The Times named Au as the company to watch out for in 2023. They now have 50 staff at their headquarters, as well as a massive 630,000 followers on social media.
On the 'Rich list', both Charlie and Jackson were placed in 24th place and the next target for the pair is to crack America after penning a deal with Total Wine Liquor.
As per Wales Online, Morgan said: “The coming year, our focus is really on smashing into the American market. We have recently launched our E-commerce platform covering 31 states across the US so customers are already able to get our products delivered straight to their door. Having had over 28,000 sign-ups to the USA website prior to launch we’re expecting that there will be a huge interest in Au Vodka within the states.
"The vision is for Au Vodka to become a truly global brand, known in an instant for its unique gold branding and coloured liquids, we see the bottles being stocked on shelves internationally and becoming accessible for customers in every corner of the world. We also want to ensure we continue to dominate the UK Vodka market, keeping a tight grip on where we started to ensure the brand is true to its roots, there’s always room for more growth everywhere."
It's a quite ridiculous rise but if it's going to come completely full circle for morgan, we need to see Hazard with a bottle of Au.
Featured Image Credit: Image: EFL, Au Vodka and The Times
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