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
867 186
Frank Lampard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Frank Lampard Midfielder

2
849 168
Didier Drogba is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Didier Drogba Forward

3
625 163
John Terry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
John Terry Defender

4
664 158
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Eden Hazard Midfielder

5
551 133
Petr Čech is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Petr Čech Forward, Goalkeeper

6
514 129
Gianfranco Zola is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Gianfranco Zola Forward, Midfielder

7
350 128
Claude Makélélé is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Claude Makélélé Midfielder

8
352 109
Ashley Cole is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Ashley Cole Defender

9
275 100
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Ruud Gullit Defender, Forward, Midfielder

10
284 108
Michael Ballack is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Michael Ballack Midfielder

11
254 81
Marcel Desailly is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Marcel Desailly Defender, Midfielder

12
242 128
Branislav Ivanović is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time

13
191 59
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time

14
187 87
Peter Osgood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Peter Osgood Forward

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15
199 71
Willian Borges da Silva is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time

16
221 83
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
RachelRay added Thibaut Courtois Goalkeeper

17
202 72
David Luiz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
_1443804229675 added David Luiz Defender, Midfielder

18
183 67
Joe Cole is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Joe Cole Forward, Midfielder

19
222 91
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
RachelRay added Arjen Robben Winger, Forward, Midfielder

20
211 92
Roberto Di Matteo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Roberto Di Matteo Midfielder

21
183 104
Juan Mata is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Juan Mata Forward, Midfielder

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22
134 46
Ramires is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Lovemore added Ramires Midfielder

23
48 4
Michael Essien is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
shisu added Michael Essien Defender, Midfielder

24
150 67
Jimmy Greaves is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Jimmy Greaves Forward

25
197 98
Diego Costa is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
RachelRay added Diego Costa Forward, Midfielder

26
140 63
Gianluca Vialli is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Gianluca Vialli Forward

27
161 78
Ricardo Carvalho is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Ricardo Carvalho Defender

28
121 49
Damien Duff is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Damien Duff Defender, Forward, Midfielder

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29
139 64
Nicolas Anelka is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Nicolas Anelka Forward, Midfielder

30
141 68
Eiður Guðjohnsen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Eiður Guðjohnsen Forward, Midfielder

31
70 15
Cesc Fàbregas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Cesc Fàbregas Midfielder

32
124 76
Dennis Wise is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Dennis Wise Midfielder

33
75 54
Ron Harris is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Ron Harris Defender

34
143 122
Oscar is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Oscar Midfielder

35
74 32
Hernán Crespo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
GeordiePetrie added Hernán Crespo Forward

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36
34 5
Deco is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
shisu added Deco Midfielder

37
78 54
Frank Leboeuf is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Frank Leboeuf Defender

38
72 51
Ray Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Ray Wilkins Midfielder

39
73 55
Kerry Dixon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Kerry Dixon Forward

40
68 52
Mark Hughes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Mark Hughes Forward

41
54 34
John Obi Mikel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
BlueBlood added John Obi Mikel Midfielder

42
71 55
Peter Bonetti is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Peter Bonetti Goalkeeper

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43
77 62
Gus Poyet is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Gus Poyet Forward, Midfielder

44
73 59
Tore André Flo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Tore André Flo Forward

45
58 41
Fernando Torres is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
tate24 added Fernando Torres Forward

46
22 5
Salomon Kalou is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
shisu added Salomon Kalou Forward

47
27 11
Gary Cahill is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
shisu added Gary Cahill Defender

48
66 57
Bobby Tambling is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Bobby Tambling Forward

49
70 60
Carlo Cudicini is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Carlo Cudicini Goalkeeper

50
26 11
Nemanja Matić is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
shisu added Nemanja Matić Midfielder