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.

1
1,241 259
Frank Lampard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Frank Lampard Midfielder

2
1,258 226
Didier Drogba is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Didier Drogba Forward

3
920 223
John Terry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
John Terry Defender

4
1,001 220
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Eden Hazard Midfielder

5
721 160
Gianfranco Zola is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Gianfranco Zola Forward, Midfielder

6
748 186
Petr Čech is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Petr Čech Forward, Goalkeeper

7
482 168
Claude Makélélé is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Claude Makélélé Midfielder

8
502 148
Ashley Cole is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Ashley Cole Defender

9
383 147
Michael Ballack is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Michael Ballack Midfielder

10
349 143
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Ruud Gullit Defender, Forward, Midfielder

11
284 118
Peter Osgood is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Peter Osgood Forward

12
326 179
Branislav Ivanović is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time

13
320 127
Marcel Desailly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Marcel Desailly Defender, Midfielder

14
162 29
Michael Essien is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
shisu added Michael Essien Defender, Midfielder

15
251 95
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time

16
284 118
Roberto Di Matteo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Roberto Di Matteo Midfielder

17
251 103
Joe Cole is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Joe Cole Forward, Midfielder

18
107 13
César Azpilicueta is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Nickel Low CJ added César Azpilicueta Defender, Midfielder

19
301 135
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
231 95
Ricardo Carvalho is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Ricardo Carvalho Defender

21
214 87
Jimmy Greaves is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Jimmy Greaves Forward

22
290 139
Willian Borges da Silva is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time

23
260 160
Juan Mata is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Juan Mata Forward, Midfielder

24
277 136
David Luiz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
_1443804229675 added David Luiz Defender, Midfielder

25
197 89
Eiður Guðjohnsen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Eiður Guðjohnsen Forward, Midfielder

26
273 141
Diego Costa is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
RachelRay added Diego Costa Forward, Midfielder

27
133 46
Cesc Fàbregas is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Cesc Fàbregas Midfielder

28
192 86
Ramires is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Lovemore added Ramires Midfielder

29
182 86
Gianluca Vialli is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Gianluca Vialli Forward

30
183 91
Dennis Wise is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Dennis Wise Midfielder

31
45 3
N'Golo Kanté is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
asdfasdfasfd added N'Golo Kanté Midfielder

32
160 75
Damien Duff is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Damien Duff Defender, Forward, Midfielder

33
183 96
Nicolas Anelka is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Nicolas Anelka Forward, Midfielder

34
116 69
Ron Harris is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Ron Harris Defender

35
130 61
Ray Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Ray Wilkins Midfielder

36
121 66
Kerry Dixon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Kerry Dixon Forward

37
117 66
Peter Bonetti is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Peter Bonetti Goalkeeper

38
287 212
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
RachelRay added Thibaut Courtois Goalkeeper

39
110 69
Bobby Tambling is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Bobby Tambling Forward

40
76 34
Gary Cahill is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
shisu added Gary Cahill Defender

41
186 180
Oscar is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Oscar Midfielder

42
101 66
Pat Nevin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Pat Nevin Winger, Midfielder

43
105 66
John Obi Mikel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
BlueBlood added John Obi Mikel Midfielder

44
109 74
Frank Leboeuf is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Frank Leboeuf Defender

45
104 66
Hernán Crespo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
GeordiePetrie added Hernán Crespo Forward

46
105 71
Carlo Cudicini is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Carlo Cudicini Goalkeeper

47
92 65
Charlie Cooke is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Charlie Cooke Midfielder

48
50 22
Dan Petrescu is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
shisu added Dan Petrescu Defender

49
90 70
Mark Hughes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Mark Hughes Forward

50
95 78
Tore André Flo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Tore André Flo Forward