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The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time 

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List Rules Vote up your favorite Chelsea players ever.

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 among the most popular and famous 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, whether you're talking about strikers and forwards or midfielders and defenders. 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, then head over and check out the best Chelsea keepers ever.

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Didier Drogba is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
Forward from Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Nationality: France, Côte d’Ivoire

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#1,334 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #26 of 1,415 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #486 of 532 Famous Men You'd Want to Have a Beer With

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Frank Lampard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
Midfielder from Romford, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

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#2,151 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #416 of 464 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time #55 of 1,415 The Best Soccer Players of All Time

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John Terry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
Defender from London, Barking, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

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#756 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #62 of 464 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time #240 of 1,415 The Best Soccer Players of All Time

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Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
Midfielder from La Louvière, Belgium

Nationality: Belgium

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#53 of 1,415 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #5 of 358 The Best Current Soccer Players

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Gianfranco Zola is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
Forward and Midfielder from Oliena, Italy

Nationality: Italy

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#115 of 1,415 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #77 of 209 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s #13 of 17 The Best Short Male Athletes

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Petr Čech is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
Forward and Goalkeeper from Pilsen, Czech Republic

Nationality: Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia

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#2,154 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #9 of 230 The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time #76 of 1,415 The Best Soccer Players of All Time

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Ashley Cole is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
Defender from Stepney, East London, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

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#86 of 464 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time #392 of 1,415 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #272 of 358 The Best Current Soccer Players

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Claude Makél&eacu... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
Midfielder from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Nationality: France, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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#202 of 1,415 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #30 of 238 The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time

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N'Golo Kanté is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
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Michael Essien is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
shisu added Defender and Midfielder from Accra, Ghana

Nationality: Ghana

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#941 of 1,415 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #9 of 50 The Best Black Soccer Players Of All Time

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Marcel Desailly is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
Defender and Midfielder from Accra, Ghana

Nationality: France, Ghana

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#60 of 464 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time #129 of 1,415 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #124 of 209 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

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Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
Defender and Forward from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

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#496 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #804 of 1,415 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #106 of 209 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

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Michael Ballack is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
Midfielder from Görlitz, Germany

Nationality: Germany

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#1,403 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #110 of 1,415 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #11 of 56 The Best Bayern Munich Midfielders Of All Time

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César Azpilicueta... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
Nickel Low CJ added Defender and Midfielder from Pamplona, Spain

Nationality: Spain

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Branislav Ivanović is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
Defender from Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia

Nationality: Serbia

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#1,112 of 1,415 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #326 of 464 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time #266 of 358 The Best Current Soccer Players

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Peter Osgood is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
Forward from Windsor, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

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Joe Cole is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
Forward and Midfielder from Paddington, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
Forward from Paramaribo, Suriname

Nationality: Suriname, Netherlands

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Ricardo Carvalho is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
Defender from Amarante, Portugal, Portugal

Nationality: Portugal

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#82 of 464 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time #8 of 140 The Best Soccer Players from Portugal

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Roberto Di Matteo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
Midfielder from Schaffhausen, Switzerland

Nationality: Switzerland, Italy

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Jimmy Greaves is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
Forward from Manor Park, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

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#1,674 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #388 of 1,415 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #100 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players

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Diego Costa is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
RachelRay added Forward and Midfielder from Lagarto, Brazil

Nationality: Brazil

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Willian Borges da Silva ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
Willian Borges da Silva Midfielder from Ribeirão Pires, Brazil

Nationality: Brazil

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Cesc Fàbregas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
Midfielder from Arenys de Mar, Spain

Nationality: Spain

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Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
RachelRay added Winger and Forward from Bedum, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

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#1,007 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #48 of 1,415 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #84 of 358 The Best Current Soccer Players