Soccer The Best Chelsea Players of All Time  

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Though they've been around since 1905, Chelsea only has risen to prominence since the dawn of the 21st century. When 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. Fueled by Abramovich's billions, Chelsea has bought some of the best players in the world since he's owned the club. That's not to discount the business the club did before the new owner rolled into West London. In 1998, John Terry made his debut after getting called up from the youth ranks and in 2001, Chelsea acquired its greatest player when it forked over 11 pounds to West Ham to acquire midfielder Frank Lampard. All he's done since moving across town is become the leading scorer in club history. 

Who are the greatest Chelsea player ever? While many will point to the success of the above players, including Didier Drogba, but there were more players that rest in Chelsea folklore. Giancarlo Zola, Peter Osgood and Ruud Gullit are other players who resonate with Chelsea fans due to their penchant for success during their tenure with the club.

This is the list of the best Chelsea players in club history. Take a look at this list and if you notice someone is missing, feel free to add him to this list. Vote or re-rank this list according to who you think is the greatest Chelsea player ever.
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1
1,644 283
Didier Drogba is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward

2
1,635 345
Frank Lampard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Midfielder

3
1,403 283
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Midfielder

4
1,205 285
John Terry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Defender

5
897 192
Gianfranco Zola is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

6
932 219
Petr Čech is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward, Goalkeeper

7
611 198
Claude Makélélé is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Midfielder

8
641 187
Ashley Cole is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Defender

9
498 192
Michael Ballack is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Midfielder

10
192 19
N'Golo Kanté is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
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11
436 179
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Defender, Forward, Midfielder

12
369 147
Peter Osgood is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward

13
253 52
Michael Essien is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
shisu added Defender, Midfielder

14
417 226
Branislav Ivanović is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time

15
207 36
César Azpilicueta is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Nickel Low CJ added Defender, Midfielder

16
381 148
Marcel Desailly is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

17
343 138
Roberto Di Matteo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Midfielder

18
305 118
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time

19
315 126
Joe Cole is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

20
264 101
Jimmy Greaves is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward

21
286 114
Ricardo Carvalho is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Defender

22
360 164
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
RachelRay added Winger, Forward, Midfielder

23
321 196
Juan Mata is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

24
356 168
David Luiz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
_1443804229675 added Defender, Midfielder

25
360 177
Willian Borges da Silva is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time

26
197 73
Cesc Fàbregas is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Midfielder

27
249 101
Ramires is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Lovemore added Midfielder

28
349 171
Diego Costa is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
RachelRay added Forward, Midfielder

29
235 110
Eiður Guðjohnsen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

30
221 103
Dennis Wise is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Midfielder

31
218 101
Gianluca Vialli is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward

32
145 78
Ron Harris is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Defender

33
220 112
Nicolas Anelka is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

34
161 68
Ray Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Midfielder

35
189 89
Damien Duff is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Defender, Forward, Midfielder

36
120 49
Gary Cahill is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
shisu added Defender

37
145 73
Peter Bonetti is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

38
142 74
Kerry Dixon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward

39
139 75
Bobby Tambling is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward

40
146 80
John Obi Mikel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
BlueBlood added Midfielder

41
124 71
Pat Nevin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Winger, Midfielder

42
135 82
Carlo Cudicini is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

43
108 55
Deco is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
shisu added Midfielder

44
135 79
Hernán Crespo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
GeordiePetrie added Forward

45
128 81
Frank Leboeuf is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Defender

46
222 211
Oscar is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Midfielder

47
110 72
Charlie Cooke is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Midfielder

48
328 269
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
RachelRay added Goalkeeper

49
66 28
Dan Petrescu is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
shisu added Defender

50
107 78
Mark Hughes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward