Chelsea is one of the biggest football club in England as well as whole of Europe. The club was established in 1905. Roman Abramovich purchased the club in 2003, Chelsea experienced a rise unlike any other to that point, but ended up becoming the innovator in player acquisitions.
Many great players played for this club since then, but that’s not to discount the business the club did before the new owner rolled into West London. Some of the Chelsea legends made their name among the ‘best Chelsea players ever’ even before Abrahimovic’s era.
Among the list of Chelsea legends we have sorted out 10 Best Chelsea players ever.
10. Kerry Dixon
One of the finest strikers to pass through the club’s doors. He came mighty close of equalling Bobby tambling’s record. Dixon scored 193 goals in the second and first divisions, falling just short of a club record held by Bobby Tambling at the time. A
fter spending 9 years with the club he was sold to Southampton. He is still fondly remembered by the blues and is regarded as one of the best Chelsea players ever.
9. Jimmy Greaves
Greaves was one of the most prolific strikers this country has ever produced and it all began with an astonishing 132 goals in 169 games – all over the space of just four years.
Jimmy’s goal-scoring prowess was on display early on at the youth level when he scored 51 goals in the 1955-56 season, and more than doubled it the next season with 122 goals in the 1956-57 season.
Greaves turned pro in the summer of 1957, and ironically scored his first goal against Tottenham at the White Hart Lane. He ended the season as Chelsea’s leading goal scorer with 22 goals in 37 appearances. He went on to accumulate staggering goal-scoring numbers in the seasons that followed.
Even after all this heroics, he was sold to AC Milan and he left Chelsea in some fashion by scoring 4 goals in his last match for the Blues.
8. Ron Harris
Playing for the Blues for nearly 20 years, Harris, was regarded as one of the toughest footballers in English history. Having arrived at the Bridge as a 15-year-old, Harris signed professional terms at the Bridge in August 1960 and was a member of the team that won the FA Youth Cup in 1961.
He was handed a full debut in February 1962 at the age of 17 by manager Tommy Docherty, Harris became a fully established member of Chelsea’s first team during the 1963-64 campaign. He won the League Cup the following year and remaining an integral part of the side until 1980.
Featured an amazing 795 times for Chelsea – more than any other player. Nicknamed ‘Chopper’, captained the Blues as they won the Cup Winners’ Cup and FA Cup.
7. Petr Cech
Petr Cech enjoyed an 11-year career at Stamford Bridge that comfortably surpasses all our other goalkeepers. He won every major club honour, set a new Chelsea clean-sheet record and became the highest overseas appearance maker in our history.
Cech’s quality was apparent from very early in his career in England. Cech kept 24 clean sheets in 2004/05 and set a then Premier League record by going 1024 minutes without conceding a goal.
He won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the Europa League and Champions League before leaving for Arsenal having broken Peter Bonetti’s club clean sheet record. He returned to Chelsea as a technical director of the club, having retired as a footballer in the summer of 2019.
6. Bobby Tambling
Tambling may have been ruthless on the pitch, but the fact that he was a well renound gentleman off it proved just how popular he was on all fronts. After the departure of Jimmy Greaves to AC Milan in 1961, he was given his chance to shine, and he demonstrated his precocious talent.
Only won the 1965 League Cup during 11 years as a professional with Chelsea, but scored 202 goals, a record which stood for 40 years until it was broken by Frank Lampard in 2013.