Soon after 2003, Chelsea began to purchase very talented players while creating an enviable and desirable team for many. With Abramovich pouring in billions, the blues seemed set to paint the town red, or blue, with their skilled squad. Before placing a wager on a football betting tip, know which players win trophies and how teams are faring in their respective leagues.
So who are the 20 best Chelsea players of all time?
With over 200 goals to his name under the Blues, he is revered as one of the greatest footballers the game has ever seen. Having joined Chelsea in 2001, he topped the list of the team’s all-time top goal scorer.
He has been tagged as the best defensive midfielder the world has to offer right now. At one point he won PFA Players’ Player of the Year, as well as FWA Footballer of the year. He joined Chelsea for a reported £32 million.
Currently retired, he holds the record in Chelsea for the most goals scored by any foreign player. He makes the mark as the fourth in the team’s top, goal scoring players of all time. In 2004, Didier, a £24 million purchase, leveraged the team to their first league title in 50 years.
The Belgian national joined Chelsea in 2012, and helped Chelsea win the Premier League and League cup during their 2014/ 2015 season. Chelsea won the Premier League title 2016/2017 with Hazard as part of their squad.
This title winning machine took Chelsea to unprecedented heights, helping them win five Premier League Titles, three League Cups, one UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. He is renowned as the team’s all-time best performing captain.
This amazingly talented left back was part of Chelsea for approximately seven years, having being a great part of the winnings during those years. While at the club, they won a football league cup, a UEFA Champions League and four FA cups.
As an African national, he was the most football player when he transferred to Chelsea for £ 24 million, in 2005. He attained the goal of the season award twice during his stint at Chelsea, also helping them win three FA Cups and two Premier League Titles.
After leaving West Ham to join Chelsea in 2003, Cole was part of a newly vibrant Chelsea team that went on to win three Premier Leagues and two FA cups. He played well over 280 games, winning seven trophies, including one League Cup.
A dream to watch, he was what Chelsea needed in a full back when he joined in 2008. This remarkable Serbian player had a few commendable performances while at Chelsea, including a winning goal when the team took the title in the 2012/2013 season.
A respected and dominating midfielder, he took the team to great heights even during their 2008 loss to Manchester United while in penalties. He was Essien’s wingman and a great addition to the team, still under Lampard’s wing and making his presence felt.
Chelsea’s all-time favorite goalkeeper, he maintained 228 clean sheets during his stint with the squad. The phenomenal goalkeeper has 494 appearances with Chelsea, with numerous Golden Glove awards under his belt.
Scored in every round of the FA Cup and was a significant force in Chelsea away and home games. He made approximately 300 appearances for the team, in which he managed to score over 105 goals.
Awesomely fast and agile player, he is a fantastic goal scorer and was part the squad for a cool £28 million. Mata and Torres became the first players to hold four titles to their name at the same time.
He was part of the squad that won the FA Cup final in 1970, and was undoubtedly one of the most aggressive and strongest defenders of his time. During his stint at Chelsea, the player managed to accumulate 795 appearances.
His debut season at Chelsea could not have come at a better time. He won the golden boot in 1983, and happens to be Chelsea’s number 3, all-time top goal scorer.
His career at Chelsea spanned twelve years, between 1990 and 2001. His old school vibe and experiences, along with incoming talent, makes him one of the Blues greatest players and managers.
He and Didier Drogba created an unstoppable force in Chelsea. The outstanding forward managed to scoop up the Premier League Golden Boot award in 2009, after his transfer to the team in 2008 for £15 million.
Roberto Di Matteo
Amazing midfielder and outstanding manager, he took Chelsea to their peak as they won their first European Cup. His talent showed during his time as manager, where he helped the team to an FA Cup and UEFA Champions League win.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Known to have the toughest most aggressive shots in the league, he also ranks as one of the most talented strikers the Blues ever had. While playing for Chelsea, he managed to win the Premier League Golden Boot.
This man may be viewed as a legend to many Chelsea fans. He made goal-scoring seem like a walk in the park, while assists from him were nothing short of expected. Aside from winning FW Player of the year, he had several cups under his belt, including the Community Shield.
The list may not contain every valuable player Chelsea ever had the pleasure of signing up. However, it covers talent that undoubtedly put Chelsea on the map in terms of defence, offense and goal scoring abilities. Though some may beg to differ, FA Cups and Champions League Titles were attained with the exemplary talent listed above.