“I told a teammate at Chelsea that Rubin would not lose in the Nou Camp. ‘That’s impossible’, he replied, ‘bet me £500 and I’ll give you £1m’,” said Zhirkov.
In the end the bet went for £1000 and in initially Zhirkov couldn’t believe it when he heard the Russians had saluted against the reigning European champions.
“I won the bet and stunned teammates. And most important, now loads of people in England now and respect Rubin, who managed to beat Barcelona, even at their own home!”