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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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list ordered by
1
Frank Lampard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Midfielder
2
Didier Drogba is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward
3
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Midfielder
4
John Terry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Defender
5
Petr Čech is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward, Goalkeeper
6
Gianfranco Zola is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder
7
N'Golo Kanté is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
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8
Ashley Cole is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Defender
9
Claude Makélélé is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Midfielder
10
Michael Essien is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
shisu added Defender, Midfielder
11
Michael Ballack is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Midfielder
12
César Azpilicueta is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Nickel Low CJ added Defender, Midfielder
13
Branislav Ivanović is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
14
Marcel Desailly is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder
15
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
16
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Defender, Forward, Midfielder
17
Ricardo Carvalho is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Defender
18
Peter Osgood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward
19
Roberto Di Matteo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Midfielder
20
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
RachelRay added Winger, Forward, Midfielder
21
David Luiz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
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22
Eiður Guðjohnsen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder
23
Joe Cole is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder
24
Cesc Fàbregas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Midfielder
25
Jimmy Greaves is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward