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
730 155
Frank Lampard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Frank Lampard Midfielder

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2
710 148
Didier Drogba is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Didier Drogba Forward

3
548 130
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Eden Hazard Midfielder

4
522 145
John Terry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
John Terry Defender

5
458 120
Petr Čech is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Petr Čech Forward, Goalkeeper

6
428 113
Gianfranco Zola is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Gianfranco Zola Forward, Midfielder

7
291 111
Claude Makélélé is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Claude Makélélé Midfielder

8
291 93
Ashley Cole is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Ashley Cole Defender

9
223 84
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Ruud Gullit Defender, Forward, Midfielder

10
238 94
Michael Ballack is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Michael Ballack Midfielder

11
212 71
Marcel Desailly is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Marcel Desailly Defender, Midfielder

12
203 111
Branislav Ivanović is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time

13
159 74
Peter Osgood is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Peter Osgood Forward

14
191 73
Roberto Di Matteo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Roberto Di Matteo Midfielder

15
151 54
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time

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16
162 59
David Luiz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
_1443804229675 added David Luiz Defender, Midfielder

17
157 81
Juan Mata is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Juan Mata Forward, Midfielder

18
189 80
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
RachelRay added Arjen Robben Winger, Forward, Midfielder

19
172 70
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
RachelRay added Thibaut Courtois Goalkeeper

20
153 63
Willian Borges da Silva is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time

21
145 62
Joe Cole is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Joe Cole Forward, Midfielder

22
103 38
Ramires is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Lovemore added Ramires Midfielder

23
161 81
Diego Costa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
RachelRay added Diego Costa Forward, Midfielder

24
128 62
Jimmy Greaves is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Jimmy Greaves Forward

25
141 72
Ricardo Carvalho is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Ricardo Carvalho Defender

26
122 60
Eiður Guðjohnsen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Eiður Guðjohnsen Forward, Midfielder

27
97 42
Damien Duff is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Damien Duff Defender, Forward, Midfielder

28
117 60
Gianluca Vialli is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Gianluca Vialli Forward

29
114 58
Nicolas Anelka is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Nicolas Anelka Forward, Midfielder

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30
11 0
Michael Essien is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
shisu added Michael Essien Defender, Midfielder

31
109 63
Dennis Wise is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Dennis Wise Midfielder

32
62 42
Ron Harris is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Ron Harris Defender

33
38 8
Cesc Fàbregas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Cesc Fàbregas Midfielder

34
57 23
Hernán Crespo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
GeordiePetrie added Hernán Crespo Forward

35
120 103
Oscar is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Oscar Midfielder

36
68 42
Frank Leboeuf is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Frank Leboeuf Defender

37
63 43
Kerry Dixon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Kerry Dixon Forward

38
63 48
Tore André Flo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Tore André Flo Forward

39
55 41
Mark Hughes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Mark Hughes Forward

40
59 44
Peter Bonetti is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Peter Bonetti Goalkeeper

41
54 41
Ray Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Ray Wilkins Midfielder

42
64 51
Gus Poyet is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Gus Poyet Forward, Midfielder

43
37 23
John Obi Mikel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
BlueBlood added John Obi Mikel Midfielder

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44
55 45
Bobby Tambling is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Bobby Tambling Forward

45
58 47
Carlo Cudicini is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Carlo Cudicini Goalkeeper

46
50 42
Pat Nevin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Pat Nevin Winger, Midfielder

47
38 27
Fernando Torres is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
tate24 added Fernando Torres Forward

48
45 42
Charlie Cooke is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Charlie Cooke Midfielder

49
60 60
Demba Ba is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Demba Ba Forward

50
7 1
Deco is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
shisu added Deco Midfielder