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
1,444 294
Frank Lampard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Midfielder

2
1,452 256
Didier Drogba is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward

3
1,214 252
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Midfielder

4
1,071 260
John Terry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Defender

5
818 173
Gianfranco Zola is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

6
839 202
Petr Čech is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward, Goalkeeper

7
552 185
Claude Makélélé is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Midfielder

8
583 168
Ashley Cole is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Defender

9
452 174
Michael Ballack is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Midfielder

10
397 164
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Defender, Forward, Midfielder

11
329 132
Peter Osgood is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward

12
376 207
Branislav Ivanović is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time

13
211 42
Michael Essien is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
shisu added Defender, Midfielder

14
159 25
César Azpilicueta is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Nickel Low CJ added Defender, Midfielder

15
107 9
N'Golo Kanté is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
asdfasdfasfd added N'Golo Kanté Midfielder

16
347 139
Marcel Desailly is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

17
279 106
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time

18
318 129
Roberto Di Matteo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Midfielder

19
289 113
Joe Cole is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

20
263 103
Ricardo Carvalho is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Defender

21
239 92
Jimmy Greaves is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward

22
331 151
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
RachelRay added Winger, Forward, Midfielder

23
290 180
Juan Mata is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

24
325 163
Willian Borges da Silva is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time

25
313 154
David Luiz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
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26
219 97
Eiður Guðjohnsen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

27
218 93
Ramires is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Lovemore added Midfielder

28
159 59
Cesc Fàbregas is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Midfielder

29
205 93
Gianluca Vialli is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward

30
305 158
Diego Costa is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
RachelRay added Forward, Midfielder

31
205 96
Dennis Wise is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Midfielder

32
175 79
Damien Duff is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Defender, Forward, Midfielder

33
202 101
Nicolas Anelka is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

34
131 72
Ron Harris is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Defender

35
146 64
Ray Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Midfielder

36
133 69
Kerry Dixon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward

37
130 69
Peter Bonetti is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

38
96 39
Gary Cahill is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
shisu added Defender

39
127 72
Bobby Tambling is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward

40
120 70
Hernán Crespo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
GeordiePetrie added Forward

41
114 70
Pat Nevin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Winger, Midfielder

42
122 73
John Obi Mikel is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
BlueBlood added Midfielder

43
206 195
Oscar is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Midfielder

44
119 78
Carlo Cudicini is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

45
118 78
Frank Leboeuf is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Defender

46
305 247
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
RachelRay added Goalkeeper

47
61 25
Dan Petrescu is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
shisu added Defender

48
101 69
Charlie Cooke is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Midfielder

49
88 52
Deco is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
shisu added Midfielder

50
99 75
Mark Hughes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
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