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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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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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Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
Midfielder from La Louvière, Belgium

Nationality: Belgium

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John Terry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
Defender from London, Barking, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

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Petr Čech is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Gianfranco Zola is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
Forward and Midfielder from Oliena, Italy

Nationality: Italy

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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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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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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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Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
Defender and Forward from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

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Marcel Desailly is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
Defender and Midfielder from Accra, Ghana

Nationality: France, Ghana

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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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Branislav Ivanović is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
Defender from Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia

Nationality: Serbia

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César Azpilicueta... is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Joe Cole is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Peter Osgood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
Forward from Windsor, United Kingdom

Nationality: 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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Jimmy Greaves is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
Forward from Manor Park, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

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Roberto Di Matteo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time
Midfielder from Schaffhausen, Switzerland

Nationality: Switzerland, Italy

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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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