Chelsea were always a club looking to challenge on a domestic scale, regularly reaching cup finals but it was only after the club was purchased by Russian billionnaire Roman Abramovich that they began to become a force at home and on the continent.
The acquisitions of players such as Didier Drogba and managers of the standing of Jose Mourinho meant that they could invest in the game's top players and they were rewarded by winning back-to-back Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006. Since then, they have gone on to reach two Champions League finals, losing out in Moscow on penalties before inflicting a similar defeat on Bayern Munich in the 2012 final. Abramovich's miilions have made sure that Chelsea are now one of the richest and most financially stable clubs in Europe, buying the game's top stars including Eden Hazard and Oscar last summer.
Below you'll see how debt levels have changed at the club over the years compared to league position & goals scored in addition to other key stats. There's also a social media data analysis of who is the most valued player to the fans, compared to the clubs player of the year.
A comparison of the club voted player of the year to what we have defined as the 'Most Valued Player' (MVP).