40 Greatest Chelsea Players of All time

By | August 10, 2017
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  1. Frank Lampard                   App: 648 Goals: 211 Position: Midfielder                                                                 Lampard surpassed Bobby Tambling’s previous record of 202 and while it put him out in front on the scoring charts, it also confirmed his position as Chelsea’s greatest player. It would be an impressive record for a striker, let alone a midfielder and shows the talent Chelsea No. 8 possesses.
  2. Didier Drogba                    App: 341 Goals: 157 Position: Forward                                                                     For a man who made headlines from the moment he first slipped into a Chelsea shirt, there was only one way he was going to bow out of his Chelsea career and that was at the top. Didier Drogba did just that when he scored the decisive penalty in the Blues’ penalty shoot out against Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions League final. The Ivorian has proved one of the Premier League’s finest imports and by default, he is one of Roman Abramovich’s also.
  3. John Terry                          App : 717 Goals: 67 Position: Defender                                                                     Chelsea’s most-successful captain. He was sensational since making his debut against Aston Villa in 1998, rising through the ranks to emulate so many stars before him.
  4. Gianfranco Zola                App: 312 Goals: 80 Position: Forward                                                                         He was named Footballer of the Year by the English media in his first year at Stamford Bridge and he went on to become a true great of the English game and one of Chelsea’s best players.
  5. Peter Osgood                   App: 418 Goals: 133 Position: Forward                                                                  Peter Osgood remains the King of Stamford Bridge for a reason. In simple terms, it’s because the former No. 9 was nothing short of majestic throughout his Blues career.
  6. Petr Cech                          App: 333 Goals: 0  Position: Goalkeeper                                                                      No goalkeeper has been as successful as the Czech stopper, with him collecting three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups and the Champions League during his Blues career. He also has 201 clean sheets to his name.
  7. Kerry Dixon                     App: Goals: 335 Position: 147 Position: Forward                                                           It was a time when stars were few, but the former No. 9’s shone brightest. He came close to equalling Bobby Tambling’s scoring record of 202 goals, too, hitting 193 before time eventually ran out for Dixon and he was sold to Southampton in 1992.
  8. Dennis Wise                    App: 332 Goals: 53 Position: Midfielder                                                                   Chelsea were not the glamorous prospect they are today when Dennis Wise joined from Wimbledon in 1990. Wise helped put the club back in the spotlight, though, captaining them to success in the FA Cup twice, the League Cup and Cup Winners’ Cup.
  9. Bobby Tambling              App: 370 Goals: 202 Position: Forward                                                                     The fact his scoring record of 202 lasted until 2013 shows just how great Bobby Tambling was for Chelsea. he was prolific in front of goal, but while he may have been ruthless on the pitch, he was known for being equally nice and pleasant off it.
  10. Charlie Cook                    App: 212 Goals: 15 Position: Midfielder                                                                   Nicknamed the “Bonnie Prince” after the 18th century prince of the same moniker, his namesake was also known as the “Young Pretender”.There was no pretense where Charlie Cooke was concerned, however, with the midfielder one of the stars of Chelsea’s golden generation in the 1960s and 1970s.
  11. Ashley Cole                        App: 338 Goals: 7 Position: Defender                                                                         For the best part of a decade Ashley Cole was widely regarded as the world’s finest left-back. Joining Chelsea in 2006, he lifted every trophy possible in domestic football, also winning the Champions League and Europa League.
  12. Roy Bentley                       App: 324 Goals: 128 Position: Forward                                                                   Chelsea’s first-ever captain to hold the championship trophy aloft, it was Roy Bentley who led the Blues to success in 1955. He spent eight years in West London and scored 150 goals to put him among the club’s all-time goalscorers also.
  13. Claude Makelele               App: 217 Goals: 2 Position: Midfielder                                                                        Not many players have a position named after them—Claude Makelele has, though. Such was his impact at Chelsea, the holding midfield role is not often referred to as the “Makelele Role”. He was exceptional, helping Chelsea win the Premier League in 2005 and 2006—and doing it all in a very subtle way, scheming in defensive midfield while those in front of him took the glory.
  14. Jimmy Greaves                 App: 157 Goals: 124 Position: Forward                                                                    Jimmy Greaves played so long ago that archive footage of the former Chelsea ace is somewhat harder to come by these days. But just look at his stats—132 goals in 169 games for the Blues. Those stats say it all, but if you’re still not convinced, just remember he scored four goals in his last ever game for Chelsea before leaving to join AC Milan in 1961.
  15. Marcel Desailly                 App:158 Goals: 6 Position: Defender                                                                           Signed from AC Milan in 1998, Marcel Desailly arrived at Chelsea a World Cup winner. His signing was a game changer for the Blues and the Frenchman was a class act throughout his six years in West London. He had a profound influence on those around him, including John Terry, with his Chelsea legacy going strong today.
  16. Micheal Ballack                App: 105 Goals: 17 Position: Midfielder                                                                       There’s often talk of bargain buys, but joining Chelsea on a free transfer from Bayern Munich in 2006, Michael Ballack certainly ensured he fell into that bracket. The German had a fine reputation in European football and he enhanced it at Stamford Bridge too, winning the Premier League in 2010 as part of a fearsome midfield partnership with Frank Lampard.
  17. Roberto di Matteo           App: 119 Goals: 26 Position: Midfielder                                                                        Where to start with Roberto Di Matteo? Scorer of the fastest-ever FA Cup final goal at the old Wembley, his strike against Middlesbrough in 1997 set Chelsea on their way to lift the trophy. He then scored in the League Cup final against the same opposition a year later, before scoring the last-ever goal at Wembley before its redevelopment in the 2000 FA Cup final as Chelsea beat Aston Villa. Add to that the fact he was Chelsea manager when they lifted the Champions League for the first time in 2012 and you get the idea of why he features in this list.
  18. Juan Mata                         App: 135  Goals: 33 Position: Midfielder                                                                      Mata was exceptional, a player who makes it a joy to watch and observe football. The Spaniard was named back-to-back Player of the Year  at Chelsea.
  19. Branislav Ivanovich          App: 377 Goals: 33 Position: Defender                                                                         Originally signed as a centre-back in 2008, Branislav Ivanovic made the right-back berth his own at Chelsea. On a personal level, his finest moment in a Chelsea shirt came in 2012-13 when he headed home the winner against Benfica in the Europa League final.
  20. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink App: 136 Goals: 70 Position: Forward                                                                           Pre-Roman Abramovich, there aren’t many strikers in the Premier League era at Chelsea who can claim to be as prolific as Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. The Dutch ace was a danger man with a capital D and he was feared by most defenders. He enjoyed some great moments in blue, too, notably scoring a hat-trick against fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur in 2001-02. he also scored the winning goal in the first match of the Abramovich era—a 2-1 victory over Liverpool at Anfield.
  21. Arjen Robben                  App: 105 Goals: 19 Position: Forward
  22. Ruud Gullit                       App: 49 Goals: 4 Position: Midfielder
  23. Joe Cole                            App: 182 Goals: 28 Position: Midfielder
  24. Peter Bonetti                    App: 739 Goals: 0 Position: Goalkeeper
  25. Ricardo Carlvalho             App: 135 Goals:7 Position: Defender
  26. Eidur Gudjohnsen            App: 186 Goals: 54 Position: Forward
  27. Gianluca Vialli                  App: 58 Goals: 21 Position: Forward
  28. Frank Leboeuf                  App: 144 Goals: 17 Position: Defender
  29. Damien Duff                   App; 81 Goals: 19 Position: Forward
  30. Hernan Crespo                 App: 49 Goals: 20 Position: Forward
  31. Mark Hughes                   App: 95 Goals:25 Position: Forward
  32. Gus Poyet                         App: 105 Goals: 36  Position: Midfielder
  33. Tore Andre Flo                 App:112 Goals: 34 Position: Forward
  34. Diego Costa                     App: 120 Goals: 59 Position: Forward
  35. Nicholas Anelka               App: 184  Goals: 59 Position: Forward
  36. Carlo Cudicini                   App:141 Goals: 0 Position: Goalkeeper
  37. George Hilsdon                App: 150 Goals: 99 Position:Forward
  38. John Obi Mikel                 App: 374 Goals: 6 position: Midfielder
  39. Frank Blunstone               App:314 Goals:47 Position: midfielder
  40. John Dempsey                 App: 166 Goals: 4 Position: Defender

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