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The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time

Updated September 26, 2020 84.6k votes 8.6k voters 111.2k 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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  • Frank Lampard1
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    Frank Lampard

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceRomford, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

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  • Didier Drogba2
    4,596
    850

    BirthplaceAbidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

    NationalityFrance, Côte d’Ivoire

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    #406 of 439 Famous Men You'd Want to Have a Beer With#127 of 149 The Best Soccer Players from Germany

  • Petr Čech3
    2,586
    483

    Petr Čech

    Forward, Goalkeeper

    BirthplacePilsen, Czech Republic

    NationalityCzech Republic, Czechoslovakia

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    #7 of 188 The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time#65 of 116 The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

  • Eden Hazard4
    3,974
    840

    Eden Hazard

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceLa Louvière, Belgium

    NationalityBelgium

  • John Terry5
    3,335
    782

    John Terry

    Defender

    BirthplaceBarking, London, England

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

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  • Gianfranco Zola6
    2,232
    528

    Gianfranco Zola

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceOliena, Italy

    NationalityItaly

  • Ashley Cole7
    1,859
    448

    Ashley Cole

    Defender

    BirthplaceStepney, East London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

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  • 8
    1,670
    320

    N'Golo Kanté

    Midfielder
  • Claude Makélélé9
    1,615
    535

    BirthplaceKinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

    NationalityFrance, Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Michael Essien10
    1,256
    305

    Michael Essien

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceAccra, Ghana

    NationalityGhana

  • César Azpilicueta11
    1,017
    376

    César Azpilicueta

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplacePamplona, Spain

    NationalitySpain

  • Marcel Desailly12
    944
    372

    Marcel Desailly

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceAccra, Ghana

    NationalityFrance, Ghana

  • Cesc Fàbregas13
    792
    270

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceArenys de Mar, Spain

    NationalitySpain

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  • Michael Ballack14
    1,320
    536

    Michael Ballack

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceGörlitz, Germany

    NationalityGermany, German Democratic Republic

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    #111 of 1,294 The Best Soccer Players of All Time#1168 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time

  • Ricardo Carvalho15
    730
    279

    BirthplaceAmarante, Portugal, Portugal

    NationalityPortugal

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  • Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink16

    BirthplaceParamaribo, Suriname

    NationalitySuriname, Netherlands

  • Ruud Gullit17
    1,109
    452

    Ruud Gullit

    Defender, Forward

    BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

  • Willian Borges da Silva18
    944
    363

    Willian Borges da Silva

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceRibeirão Pires, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

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  • Joe Cole19
    811
    321

    Joe Cole

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplacePaddington, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

  • Diego Costa20
    947
    365

    Diego Costa

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceLagarto, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

  • Branislav Ivanović21
    1,139
    500

    BirthplaceSremska Mitrovica, Serbia

    NationalitySerbia

  • Peter Osgood22
    914
    393

    BirthplaceWindsor, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

  • Ramires23
    662
    244

    Ramires

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceBarra do Piraí, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

  • Jimmy Greaves24
    608
    243

    BirthplaceManor Park, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

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    #354 of 356 The Best Current Soccer Players#103 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players

  • Roberto Di Matteo25
    729
    329

    BirthplaceSchaffhausen, Switzerland

    NationalitySwitzerland, Italy