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
2,086 427
Frank Lampard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Midfielder

2
2,118 358
Didier Drogba is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward

3
1,555 370
John Terry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Defender

4
1,814 362
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Midfielder

5
1,099 241
Gianfranco Zola is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

6
1,168 255
Petr Čech is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward, Goalkeeper

7
774 246
Claude Makélélé is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Midfielder

8
808 220
Ashley Cole is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Defender

9
388 57
N'Golo Kanté is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
asdfasdfasfd added N'Golo Kanté Midfielder

10
608 246
Michael Ballack is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Midfielder

11
375 84
Michael Essien is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
shisu added Defender, Midfielder

12
527 222
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Defender, Forward, Midfielder

13
452 189
Peter Osgood is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward

14
319 69
César Azpilicueta is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Nickel Low CJ added Defender, Midfielder

15
513 266
Branislav Ivanović is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time

16
451 170
Marcel Desailly is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

17
411 160
Roberto Di Matteo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Midfielder

18
394 154
Joe Cole is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

19
367 149
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time

20
347 137
Ricardo Carvalho is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Defender

21
325 130
Jimmy Greaves is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward

22
281 107
Cesc Fàbregas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Midfielder

23
391 228
Juan Mata is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

24
445 203
Diego Costa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
RachelRay added Forward, Midfielder

25
428 194
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Chelsea Players of All Time
RachelRay added Winger, Forward, Midfielder