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.
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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.
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5. Gianfranco Zola
Voted the club’s greatest player in a poll, Zola arrived at Stamford Bridge in November 1996, when the club was experiencing something of a revival. Brought in by Ruud Gullit at the same time as his compatriot Gianluca Vialli, Zola was an instant hit at Stamford Bridge.
In his first season he helped the London club to an FA Cup final win and was voted FWA Player of the Year. During his time at the club, he won the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, the UEFA Super Cup, two FA Cups, the League Cup, and the Community Shield.
In his final appearance for the club, against Liverpool in May 2003, he beat four Reds players with a mazy dribble that drew applause from both sets of fans. Zola played 312 games for Chelsea and scored 80 goals.
4. Didier Drogba
Drogba was a part of four Premier League-winning campaigns with Chelsea. The club won the title in his first two seasons at the club. While those two years were not his most productive as an individual as only 16 goals in all competitions in both season.
His crowning glory came in the 2009-10 title win where he won the Golden Boot for scoring 29 goals in the Premier League. He had also won the Golden Boot in the 2006-07 season.
The Ivory Coast international earned legendary status by scoring the equaliser and then the winning penalty against Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions League final.
3. John Terry
John Terry tops our list of best Chelsea players ever. Among all the Chelsea legends, only very few had that much impact on the club as John Terry.
The centre-back has captained Chelsea through their most successful period, winning five Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, one UEFA Europa League and one UEFA Champions League title.
He was named UEFA Club Defender of the Year in 2005, 2008 and 2009, also voted the PFA Players’ Player of the Year in 2005. In his final season at Chelsea in 2017, he became the first ever player to captain a team to the Premier League title on five occasions.
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2. Peter Osgood
Osgood was one of the most majestic and iconic forwards in the club’s history and is still revered as one of the best players to grace the west London outfit.Ossie is known as the “King of Stamford Bridge” and you can regularly hear his name ring around the ground on matchdays.
Sadly passed away in 2006 but has been honoured by the club with a statue outside Stamford Bridge. We didn’t thought twice to put him in top 3 among the best Chelsea players ever.
2. Frank Lampard
Chelsea’s new manager Frank Lampard is undoubtedly one of the best Chelsea players ever, if not the best.
Super Frankie broke Bobby Tambling’s goal record in his final season at the club, going on to score 211 times – all from midfield. In 2005, he was named FWA Footballer of the Year, and finished runner-up for both the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards.
Lampard is one of seven players, and the only midfielder, to have scored 150 or more goals in the Premier League. He is fourth in the Premier League’s all-time assists table, with 102 assists.
Sits fourth on the all-time appearances list, winning the Champions League, Europa League and multiple League titles, FA Cups and League Cups, what more can you expect?
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