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Best Chelsea players of all time

In this article, first we will have a brief review on the history of Chelsea Club, and then we will present a list of the best Chelsea players of all time in our opinion!
Best Chelsea players of all time

Founded in 1905 in west London, Chelsea Football Club is one of the oldest and most prestigious English football clubs which is playing in the English Premier League.

The club has had many ups and downs throughout its history, and besides the periods of poorer performance, it has won many honors during its heyday and has hosted brilliant and talented players from different generations of football players.

In the following, we will briefly review the history of Chelsea. Then we will present a list of greatest Chelsea players of all time in our opinion, and share the personal and professional backgrounds of each of these best Chelsea players ever.

Best Chelsea players of all time

Before we get into the list of best Chelsea footballers of all time in our opinion, we will have a brief look at the history, foundation and honors of Chelsea Club.

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Brief history of Chelsea Club

Best Chelsea players of all time

Chelsea Football Club is an English football club founded in 1905 and currently competes in the English Premier League. The club is located in west London and was handed over to the Russian businessman, Roman Abramovich in 2003 for €140 million. Their home ground is Stamford Bridge.

From 1964 to 1965, members of the Chelsea football team usually wore light blue shirts and shorts and white socks, and despite several changes to the club logo, the lion has been the main symbol of the club in all of these logos since the 1950s. .

Chelsea is the fifth most stable English football teams and with an average of 4,403 spectators in the 2009-2010 English Premier League season, they are ranked sixth in terms of the number of spectators. This club is the sixth most valuable football club in the world with a value of 2.13 billion pounds, and with the income of more than 428 million Euros in the 2017-18 season, it is the eighth highest paid football club in the world.

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Honors of Chelsea

Best Chelsea players of all time

Among the honors of Chelsea we can mention:

National competitions

  • League titles
    • First Division / Premier League (Level 1)
      • Winners (6): 1954–55, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10, 2014–15, 2016–17
    • Second Division / First Division / Championship (Level 2)
      • Winners (2): 1983–84, 1988–89
  • Cups
    • FA Cup
      • Winners (8): 1969–70, 1996–97, 1999–2000, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2017–18
    • Football League Cup / EFL Cup
      • Winners (5): 1964–65, 1997–98, 2004–05, 2006–07, 2014–15
    • FA Charity Shield / FA Community Shield
      • Winners (4): 1955, 2000, 2005, 2009
    • Full Members' Cup
      • Winners (2): 1985–86, 1989–90

European competitions

  • UEFA Champions League
    • Winners: 2011–12
  • UEFA Europa League
    • Winners (2): 2012–13, 2018–19
  • UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
    • Winners (2): 1970–71, 1997–98
  • UEFA Super Cup
    • Winners: 1998

Doubles

  • League and FA Cup (1): 2009–10
  • League and League Cup (2): 2004–05, 2014–15
  • League Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup (1): 1997–98
  • FA Cup and League Cup (1): 2006–07
  • FA Cup and UEFA Champions League (1): 2011–12

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Best players in Chelsea history

In the following, we will have a brief overview of the personal and professional characteristics of the best footballers in the history of Chelsea in our opinion!

#1 Frank Lampard

Best Chelsea players of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: Frank James Lampard
  • Date of birth: 20 June 1978 (age 42)
  • Place of birth: Romford, London, England
  • Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.84 m)
  • Playing position(s): Midfielder

Club information

  • Current team: Chelsea (head coach)

Senior career

The first player of the list of the greatest Chelsea players of all time in our opinion is Frank James Lampard, an English former player who is the head coach of Premier League club Chelsea now. During his career, he was playing as a midfielder.

Lampard was incredibly talented and creative, had a very respectful sporting ethic, and is one of the best English geniuses of his own generation and perhaps in the entire history of football.

In 2001, Lampard joined Chelsea on a £11 million deal, and it was after joining the Blues that he was able to fully develop his talents and reach the highest level of his game. He played for Chelsea for thirteen years and became the top scorer in the history of Chelsea with 211 goals in all competitions.

With the takeover of Chelsea in 2019, Lampard's work with the club has entered a new phase and many of his old fans are waiting for Chelsea to return to the top of the competition.

Among the honors of this brilliant player with Chelsea we can mention:

  • Premier League: 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10
  • FA Cup: 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12
  • Football League Cup: 2004–05, 2006–07
  • FA Community Shield: 2005, 2009
  • UEFA Champions League: 2011–12
  • UEFA Europa League: 2012–13

And from the individual point of view, he was FIFA Player of the Year in 2005, FWA Footballer of the Year in 2005, PFA Fans' Player of the Year in 2005, Premier League Player of the Season in 2004–05 season, Premier League top assist provider: 2004–05, 2008–09 and 2009–10 seasons, UEFA Midfielder of the Year in 2008, England Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005, Chelsea Player of the Year in 2004, 2005 and 2009, and FA Cup Best Player in 2006–07, 2008–09 and 2009–10 seasons.

Keep in mind that these were just some of the honors and achievements of this unique player, and you will confirm that no other player in the history of Chelsea has come close to replacing him.

The next player in the list of best Chelsea players of all time in our opinion is Gianfranco Zola.

#2 Gianfranco Zola

Best Chelsea players of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: Gianfranco Zola
  • Date of birth: 5 July 1966 (age 54)
  • Place of birth: Oliena, Italy
  • Height: 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
  • Playing position(s): Forward

Senior career

  • 1984–1986: Nuorese
  • 1986–1989: Torres
  • 1989–1993: Napoli
  • 1993–1996: Parma
  • 1996–2003: Chelsea
  • 2003–2005: Cagliari

The second player in the list of the best Chelsea players ever in our opinion is Gianfranco Zola, an Italian former footballer who played predominantly as a forward.

We are sure that according to many Chelsea fans, Zola is the first person in the list of the best players in the history of the club. During his 7 years at Chelsea, he was an impressive and amazing player in this team and played a very influential role in the overall performance of the team.

Zola's entry into English football in the mid-1990s not only revolutionized Chelsea, but his presence alongside other European stars in the English Premier League changed the league as a whole.

Zola had an amazing skill and technique in his playing, he hit free kicks with speed and beauty and quickly opened his place in the hearts of Chelsea fans.

His honor list with Chelsea is as follows:

  • FA Cup: 1996–97, 1999–2000
  • Football League Cup: 1997–98
  • FA Charity Shield: 2000
  • UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1997–98
  • UEFA Super Cup: 1998

And from the individual point of view, he was Serie A Top-assist provider in 1992–93 season, Premier League Player of the Month in December 1996 and October 2002, FWA Footballer of the Year in 1997 and Chelsea Player of the Year in 1998–99 and 2002–03 seasons.

It is difficult to find another player who is as popular with Chelsea fans as Zola.

The next player in the list of best Chelsea players of all time in our opinion is Didier Drogba.

#3 Didier Drogba

Best Chelsea players of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: Didier Yves Drogba Tébily
  • Date of birth: 11 March 1978 (age 42)
  • Place of birth: Abidjan, Ivory Coast
  • Height: 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
  • Playing position(s): Striker

Senior career

  • 1998–2002: Le Mans
  • 2002–2003: Guingamp
  • 2003–2004: Marseille
  • 2004–2012: Chelsea
  • 2012–2013: Shanghai Shenhua
  • 2013–2014: Galatasaray
  • 2014–2015: Chelsea
  • 2015–2016: Montreal Impact
  • 2017–2018: Phoenix Rising

The next player in the list of best Chelsea footballers of all time in our opinion is Didier Yves Drogba Tébily, an Ivorian retired professional footballer who played as a strike during his football career.

His first season at Chelsea was not very promising. He joined Chelsea in 2004 on a £24 million deal, but failed to live up to the expectations of many in his first season. But his good performance in the following seasons made up for it and his position in the team was strengthened.

His honors with Chelsea are as follows:

  • Premier League: 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10, 2014–15
  • FA Cup: 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12
  • Football League Cup: 2004–05, 2006–07, 2014–15; runner-up: 2007–08
  • FA Community Shield: 2005, 2009
  • UEFA Champions League: 2011–12

And from the individual point of view, he has been African Footballer of the Year in 2006 and 2009, BBC African Footballer of the Year in 2009, a Player of CAF Team of the Year in 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2012, Chelsea Players' Player of the Year in 2007, Chelsea Player of the Year in 2010, FIFA World Player of the Year in 2005 (10th place), 2006 (6th place), 2007 (4th place), 2009 (6th place), FWA Footballer of the Year in 2007 (2nd place) and 2010 (2nd place), Golden Foot Player of the Year in 2013, Ligue 1 Player of the Year in 2003–04. He is also awarded by the Premier League Golden Boot in 2006–07 and 2009–10 seasons.

He is the top foreign scorer in the Chelsea team and one of the most popular and best players in the history of this club.

The next player in the list of best Chelsea players of all time in our opinion is John Terry.

#4 John Terry

Best Chelsea players of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: John George Terry
  • Date of birth: 7 December 1980 (age 39)
  • Place of birth: Barking, England
  • Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.87 m)
  • Playing position(s): Centre-back

Club information

  • Current team: Aston Villa (assistant head coach)

Senior career

  • 1998–2017: Chelsea
  • 2000: → Nottingham Forest (loan)
  • 2017–2018: Aston Villa

The next player in the list of the best players in Chelsea history in our opinion is John George Terry, an English professional football coach and former player who played as a centre-back during his career.

His arrival at Chelsea was amazing! In his first season as a key player at the club, he was named Player of the Year and only three years later became Chelsea captain.

One of the coolest things about John Terry is his ability to play in a variety of situations on the pitch. He even played in a game as a goalkeeper in 2006 and managed to keep a clean sheet!

With over 700 appearances in all competitions, Terry was Chelsea's most successful captain in the greatest period of its history. His honor list with Chelsea is as follows:

  • Premier League: 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10, 2014–15, 2016–17
  • FA Cup: 1999–2000, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12; runner-up: 2001–02, 2016–17
  • Football League Cup: 2004–05, 2006–07, 2014–15; runner-up: 2007–08
  • FA Community Shield: 2005, 2009
  • UEFA Champions League: 2011–12; runner-up: 2007–08
  • UEFA Europa League: 2012–13

And from the individual point of view, he was the Chelsea Player of the Year in 2000–01 and 2005–06 seasons, Premier League Player of the Month in January 2005, PFA Players' Player of the Year in 2004–05 and UEFA Club Defender of the Year in 2005, 2008 and 2009.

In addition, he was a player of FIFA FIFPro World XI in 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08 and 2008–09, ESM Team of the Year in 2004–05, 2008–09 and 2009–10, UEFA Team of the Year in 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009, FIFA World Cup All-Star Team in 2006 and PFA Team of the Century (1997–2007) in 2007.

Undoubtedly, he is one of the most honorable players in the history of Chelsea's proud club!

The next player in the list of best Chelsea players of all time in our opinion is Eden Hazard.

#5 Eden Hazard

Best Chelsea players of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: Eden Michael Hazard
  • Date of birth: 7 January 1991 (age 29)
  • Place of birth: La Louvière, Belgium
  • Height: 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
  • Playing position(s): Winger, attacking midfielder

Club information

  • Current team: Real Madrid
  • Number: 7

Senior career

  • 2007–2008: Lille B
  • 2007–2012: Lille
  • 2012–2019: Chelsea
  • 2019–: Real Madrid

The next player of the list of best footballers in the history of Chelsea in our opinion is Eden Michael Hazard, a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a winger or attacking midfielder.

Maybe if Hazard had decided to spend more time with Chelsea, he could have gotten a better position in the list of the best players in the history of Chelsea, but the dream of playing for Real Madrid took Hazard away from Chelsea.

This technical and fast player quickly gained the interest of Chelsea fans and this popularity remained until the end of his time at the club.

He remained controversial until the last days of his time at Stamford Bridge and played a key role in Chelsea's sweet 4-1 win over their old rivals Arsenal, with two goals and one assist in the Europa League final.

Among his honors with Chelsea we can mention:

  • Premier League: 2014–15, 2016–17
  • FA Cup: 2017–18;[385] runner-up: 2016–17
  • Football League/EFL Cup: 2014–15; runner-up: 2018–19
  • UEFA Europa League: 2012–13, 2018–19
  • FIFA Club World Cup runner-up: 2012

And from the individual point of view, he has been The Best FIFA Men's Player in 2018 (7th place) and 2019 (8th place), Belgian Sportsman of the year in 2018, UEFA Europa League Player of the Season in 2018–19, UNFP Ligue 1 Player of the Year in 2010–11, 2011–12, FWA Footballer of the Year in 2014–15, Premier League Player of the Season in 2014–15, PFA Players' Player of the Year in 2013–14 (2nd place), 2014–15 (1st place) and 2016–17 (2nd place), Belgium Player of the Year in 2017, 2018 and 2019, Chelsea Player of the Year in 2013–14, 2014–15, 2016–17 and 2018–19 seasons and Chelsea Players' Player of the Year in 2014–15 and 2018–19.

He was a part of FIFA FIFPro World11 1st team in 2018 and 2019, PFA Premier League Team of the Year in 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15 and 2016–17, UEFA Team of the Year in 2017 and 2018, and ESM Team of the Year in 2014–15 and 2018–19.

Known for his creativity, speed, dribbling and passing, Hazard is considered one of the best players in the world.

The next player in the list of best Chelsea players of all time in our opinion is Petr Cech.

#6 Petr Cech

Best Chelsea players of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: Petr Čech
  • Date of birth: 20 May 1982 (age 38)
  • Place of birth: Plzeň, Czechoslovakia
  • Height: 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
  • Playing position(s): Goalkeeper

Club information

  • Current team: Chelsea (technical and performance advisor)

Senior career

  • 1999–2001: Chmel Blšany
  • 2001–2002: Sparta Prague
  • 2002–2004: Rennes
  • 2004–2015: Chelsea
  • 2015–2019: Arsenal

The next player in the list of greatest Chelsea players of all time in our opinion is Petr Cech, a Czech former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He has been described by numerous players, pundits and managers as one of the greatest goalkeepers in European history.

When Petr Cech joined Chelsea in 2004 on a £7million deal, few expected him to overtake Carlo Cudicini. But the Cechs' performance in later seasons proved them wrong.

His honors with Chelsea are as follows:

  • Premier League: 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10, 2014–15
  • FA Cup: 2006–07,[195] 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12
  • Football League Cup: 2004–05, 2006–07, 2014–15; runner-up: 2007–08
  • FA Community Shield: 2005, 2009
  • UEFA Champions League: 2011–12; runner-up: 2007–08
  • UEFA Europa League: 2012–13
  • FIFA Club World Cup runner-up: 2012

And from the individual point of view, he was UEFA European Under-21 Championship Golden Player in 2002, Best Goalkeeper of French League in 2003–04, Czech First League Most clean Sheets in 2001–02, Czech Footballer of the Year in 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016, IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper in 2005, Best European Goalkeeper in 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2012, and Chelsea Player of the Year in 2010–11.

He was awarded by Premier League Golden Glove in 2004–05, 2009–10, 2013–14 and 2015–16, and was a part of UEFA Team of the Year in 2005 and ESM Team of the Year in 2004–05 and 2005–06.

Although his four seasons on the other side of the capital, with Chelsea's old rival Arsenal, have upset many zealous fans, there is no denying that Peter Cech is the greatest goalkeeper in Chelsea history.

The next place in the list of best Chelsea players of all time in our opinion belongs to Peter Osgood.

#7 Peter Osgood

Best Chelsea players of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: Peter Leslie Osgood
  • Date of birth: 20 February 1947
  • Place of birth: Clewer, Berkshire, England
  • Date of death: 1 March 2006 (aged 59)
  • Place of death: Slough, England
  • Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
  • Playing position(s): Striker

Senior career

  • 1964–1974: Chelsea
  • 1974–1977: Southampton
  • 1976–1977: → Norwich City (loan)
  • 1977–1978: Philadelphia Fury
  • 1978–1979: Chelsea

The next player in the list of best Chelsea players ever in our opinion is Peter Leslie Osgood, an English footballer who was active during the 1960s and 1970s and played as a striker during his career.

When Osgood died in 2006, the club and its fans showed how much they admired him by erecting a statue of him near the west stand of Stamford Bridge.

Osgood was a member of the legendary Chelsea attacking line in the 1960s and '70s. He was a talented player who displayed a combination of strength and elegance at the same time.

During his career with Chelsea club, he achieved an FA Cup, a League Cup, and as European Cup Winners' Cup.

Named by fans as "The Wizard of Os" and "The King of Stamford Bridge," this legendary player do not leave the hearts and minds of Chelsea fans.

The next player in the list of best Chelsea players of all time in our opinion is Ron Harris.

#8 Ron Harris

Best Chelsea players of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: Ronald Edward Harris
  • Date of birth: 13 November 1944 (age 75)
  • Place of birth: Hackney, London, England
  • Playing position(s): Defender

Senior career

  • 1960–1980: Chelsea
  • 1980–1983: Brentford
  • 1984–1985: Aldershot

The next player in the list of best Chelsea footballers of all time in our opinion is Ronald Edward Harris known by the nickname "Chopper", a former English footballer who played for Chelsea in the 1960s and 1970s.

Harris was a member of the Chelsea side which won the FA Youth Cup in 1961 and made his senior club debut in February 1962.

He is widely regarded as one of the toughest defenders of his era – along with players such as Tommy Smith and Norman Hunter – hence the nickname. His brother Allan Harris was also a professional footballer and they were teammates at Chelsea in the mid-1960s.

His club honors with Chelsea club are:

  • European Cup Winners' Cup: Winners in 1970–71
  • FA Cup: Winners in 1969–70; Runner-up in 1966–67
  • Football League Cup: Winners in 1964–65; Runner-up in 1971–72
  • FA Charity Shield: Runner-up in 1970
  • Football League Second Division: Runner-up in 1962–63 and 1976–77
  • FA Youth Cup: Winners in 1960–61

And from the individual point of view, he has Chelsea's Most League Appearances (657), Chelsea's Most FA Cup Appearances (64) and Chelsea's Most Appearances in Total (795) and he was awarded by Special Recognition Award in 2010–2011.

The next player in the list of best Chelsea players of all time in our opinion is Kerry Dixon.

#9 Kerry Dixon

Best Chelsea players of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: Kerry Michael Dixon
  • Date of birth: 24 July 1961 (age 59)
  • Place of birth: uton, England
  • Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
  • Playing position(s): Striker

Senior career

  • Chesham United                             
  • 1979–1980: Dunstable
  • 1980–1983: Reading
  • 1983–1992: Chelsea
  • 1992–1993: Southampton
  • 1993–1995: Luton Town
  • 1995–1996: Millwall
  • 1996: Watford
  • 1996–1997: Doncaster Rovers
  • 1997: Basildon United

The next player of our list of best players in Chelsea history in our opinion is Kerry Michael Dixon, an English retired professional footballer who played as a forward during his career.

Dixon joined Chelsea at a time when the club was struggling in the second division. The impact of his presence on the team was immediate and he scored two goals in his first game at Chelsea.

Dixon scored at an astonishing rate during his time at Chelsea. He has scored 193 goals in his 19 years in West London and is the third top scorer in Chelsea history.

He is one of the most popular experts on television networks and usually supports the Blues in his comments.

He is still one of the favorite personalities of the fans and he is widely welcomed every time he returns to the club.

And finally, the last player in the list of all-time greatest Chelsea players in our opinion is Dennis Wise.

#10 Dennis Wise

Best Chelsea players of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: Dennis Frank Wise
  • Date of birth: 16 December 1966 (age 53)
  • Place of birth: Kensington, England
  • Height: 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
  • Playing position(s): Midfielder

Senior career

  • 1985–1990: Wimbledon
  • 1985: → Grebbestads IF (loan)
  • 1990–2001: Chelsea
  • 2001–2002: Leicester City
  • 2002–2005: Millwall
  • 2005–2006: Southampton
  • 2006: Coventry City

The last player of the list of best footballers in the history of Chelsea history in our opinion is Dennis Frank Wise, an English former professional footballer who played as a central midfielder during his career.

In 1990, Wise joined Chelsea on a £1.6 million deal and spent 11 years at Stamford Bridge. After three years at the club, he was appointed team captain and was a successful goal-scoring midfielder with 76 goals in 445 games.

He was a strong player whose beautiful and strong tackles are remembered by Chelsea fans.

Some of his honors with Chelsea are:

  • FA Cup: 1996–97, 1999–2000
  • Football League Cup: 1997–98
  • FA Charity Shield: 2000
  • UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1997–98
  • UEFA Super Cup: 1998

And from the individual point of view, he was Chelsea Player of the Season in 1997–98 and 1999–2000, and was honored  by Alan Hardaker Trophy in 1998.

Anyway, who can forget that famous goal against Milan? After all these years, Wise still has a place in the hearts of Chelsea fans.

In this article we had a brief look on the all-time greatest Chelsea players in our opinion. In the next articles we will review other top players of Chelsea and their honors and achievements.

 

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