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The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time

Updated September 26, 2020 85.0k votes 8.3k voters 107.9k views292 items

List RulesVote 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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  • 1
    Frank Lampard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
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    Frank Lampard

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceRomford, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

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    Didier Drogba is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
    4,662
    859

    BirthplaceAbidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

    NationalityCôte d’Ivoire

  • 3
    Petr Čech is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
    2,585
    482

    Petr Čech

    Forward, Goalkeeper

    BirthplacePilsen, Czech Republic

    NationalityCzech Republic, Czechoslovakia

  • 4
    Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
    4,044
    848

    Eden Hazard

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceLa Louvière, Belgium

    NationalityBelgium

  • 5
    John Terry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
    3,361
    809

    John Terry

    Defender

    BirthplaceBarking, London, England

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

  • 6
    Gianfranco Zola is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
    2,266
    528

    Gianfranco Zola

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceOliena, Italy

    NationalityItaly

  • 7
    Ashley Cole is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
    1,877
    443

    Ashley Cole

    Defender

    BirthplaceStepney, East London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

  • 8
    N'Golo Kanté is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
    1,674
    314

    N'Golo Kanté

    Midfielder
  • 9
    Claude Makélélé is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
    1,630
    542

    BirthplaceKinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

    NationalityFrance, Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • 10
    Michael Essien is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
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    301

    Michael Essien

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceAccra, Ghana

    NationalityGhana

  • 11
    César Azpilicueta is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
    1,019
    362

    César Azpilicueta

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplacePamplona, Spain

    NationalitySpain

  • 12
    Marcel Desailly is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
    958
    366

    Marcel Desailly

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceAccra, Ghana

    NationalityFrance, Ghana

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  • 13
    Joe Cole is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
    825
    306

    Joe Cole

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplacePaddington, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

  • 14
    Cesc Fàbregas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
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    264

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceArenys de Mar, Spain

    NationalitySpain

  • 15
    Ricardo Carvalho is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
    738
    272

    BirthplaceAmarante, Portugal, Portugal

    NationalityPortugal

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  • 16
    Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time

    BirthplaceParamaribo, Suriname

    NationalitySuriname, Netherlands

  • 17
    Jimmy Greaves is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
    612
    243

    BirthplaceManor Park, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

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    Gary Cahill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
    517
    169

    Gary Cahill

    Defender

    BirthplaceDronfield, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

  • 19
    Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
    1,112
    465

    Ruud Gullit

    Defender, Forward

    BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

  • 20
    Michael Ballack is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
    1,354
    552

    Michael Ballack

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceGörlitz, Germany

    NationalityGermany

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  • 21
    Diego Costa is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
    952
    363

    Diego Costa

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceLagarto, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

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    Peter Osgood is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
    932
    405

    BirthplaceWindsor, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

  • 23
    Willian Borges da Silva is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
    953
    364

    Willian Borges da Silva

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceRibeirão Pires, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

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  • 24
    Ramires is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
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    242

    Ramires

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceBarra do Piraí, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

  • 25
    Branislav Ivanović is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
    1,158
    526

    BirthplaceSremska Mitrovica, Serbia

    NationalitySerbia

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