Ball boy kicked by Chelsea legend Eden Hazard now worth Ksh. 26.1 billion

FOOTBALL Ball boy kicked by Chelsea legend Eden Hazard now worth Ksh. 26.1 billion

Mark Kinyanjui 10:47 - 12.10.2023

The ball boy that Eden Hazard kicked back in 2013 in Chelsea’s loss to Swansea City has gone on to become filthy rich.

Back in January 2013, the now-retired former Chelsea star Eden Hazard caused shock all over the world of football when he kicked Charlie Morgan, a 17-year-old ball boy for refusing to give him the ball quickly as the Blues were unable to beat Swansea in the second leg of the League Cup semi-final.

Hazard was still a fresh-faced 22-year-old and the star of Rafael Benitez's Chelsea side attempting to make the final of the League Cup.

The Blues were strong favourites going into the tie with Swansea City, knowing they had to win to stand a chance of making the final at Wembley Stadium, having lost the opening leg 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

But as it became abundantly clear they would not overturn the deficit, Hazard’s frustrations boiled over when he appeared to kick out the ball boy, who was dwelling on the ball and seemingly refusing to give it away.

The Belgian later apologised for the incident, which saw him handed a straight red

"The boy put his whole body on to the ball and I was just trying to kick the ball. I think I kicked the ball and not the boy. I apologise," Hazard said.

Morgan decided to not press charges against the former Lille star, and even shook hands with all the Chelsea players after the match, including Hazard. 

Ten years later, Morgan is now worth 150 million pounds (Ksh. 26.1 billion) after building a business empire that is making waves.

Morgan and business partner Jackson Quinn founded Au Vodka back in 2016 and the venture has earned him such a big fortune, it has placed him in the Forbes magazine’s top 30 under 30 richest people worldwide.

Although his father Martin Morgan is still a director at the Championship club, Charlie has made his fortune in his own right.

His vodka has since been endorsed by some of the greatest sportsmen of all time. Brazilian legend Ronaldinho, UFC star Paddy Pimblett, and boxer Floyd Mayweather are more high-profile fans of the growing brand, which has 268k followers on Instagram.

Speaking last year, the entrepreneur admitted that their most famous client, Money Mayweather, actually reached out to them.

Speaking to WalesOnline in 2021, he said: “We got a contact for Floyd - through a mutual friend of Frost the music producer - and we were told that Floyd absolutely loves the brand and loved the black grape flavour.

"We were asked whether he could have few bottles before he goes home. We said yeah, OK sure, and Floyd said he would post a photo on Instagram as long as we included him when we do something big in America.

"Back years ago we were asking ourselves, who would be the best ambassador we could have holding the bottle and I think our answer was Floyd, so it's amazing how it has manifested itself. Seeing the brand in the hands of someone you admire is crazy."

 "Me and Jackson were best mates in school and we just felt there was a bit of a gap in the market,” he explained.

"We were 18, 19, 20 at the time and every one of our friends for their birthday would always get a bottle of the same old vodkas. We just felt it was a bit boring.

"We just felt we could do it a little bit better. For us, we wanted to do a gold bottle which we felt was completely different, and a couple of years later we did vibrant liquid colours of the vodka itself.

"The growth has been just phenomenal. There are so many people in the world who are involved in it now which is exciting. We thought we could do well but it's probably gone bigger than we thought we could do already."