10 Greatest Players In Chelsea History

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This article will tell you about the 10 greatest Chelsea player ever

Chelsea is one of the most successful clubs in English football history. Founded in 1905, the Blues have won a number of titles including:

  • 5 Premier League titles
  • 8 FA Cups
  • 5 League Cups
  • 2 UEFA Europa Leagues
  • 2 UEFA Champions League

Throughout their illustrious history, Chelsea have been blessed with some of the greatest players to ever grace a football pitch. Here are the top 10 greatest players in Chelsea’s history.

Chelsea’s Greatests

John Terry

John Terry is arguably the greatest player to ever wear a Chelsea shirt. He joined the club as a 14-year-old and went on to make 717 appearances for the Blues over 19 years.

During his time at Stamford Bridge, he won:

  • 5 Premier League titles
  • 4 FA Cups
  • 3 League Cups
  • 1 Champions League title

He was also named PFA Player of the Year in 2005 and was voted into the PFA Team of the Year on six occasions.

Terry was an inspirational leader who captained Chelsea to many of their successes during his time at the club. He will forever be remembered as a true Chelsea legend.

Frank Lampard

Arguably the greatest Chelsea player ever, Frank Lampard made 648 appearances for Chelsea over 13 years between 2001 and 2014. During his time at Chelsea he won:

  • 3 Premier League titles
  • 4 FA Cups
  • 2 League Cups
  • 1 Champions League title

He is the highest goalscoring midfielder in Premier League history with 147 goals during his time at Chelsea alone.

Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard

Lampard was an integral part of Chelsea’s success during his time at Stamford Bridge. He will forever be remembered as one of their greatest ever players.

Didier Drogba

Didier Drogba joined Chelsea from Marseille in 2004. He went on to become one of their most iconic players ever with 254 goals in all competitions over nine years at Stamford Bridge.

During his time at Chelsea between 2004 and 2012 ,he won:

  • 4 Premier League titles
  • 4 FA Cups
  • 3 League Cups
  • 1 Champions League title

He scored the winning penalty against Bayern Munich in 2012 which secured them their first ever European Cup victory!

Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba

Drogba was an inspirational leader both on and off the pitch. He will forever be remembered as a true legend of Chelsea Football Club.

Gianfranco Zola

Gianfranco Zola joined Chelsea from Parma in 1996. He went on to become an instant fan favourite with his skillful displays for seven years until 2003.

He left the club for Cagliari Calcio after making 312 appearances for The Blues scoring 80 goals along the way! During his time at Stamford Bridge he won two FA Cups (1997 & 2000).

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He was also voted into both PFA Team of The Year (1998 & 2002) twice. Zola was an incredibly talented player who brought joy to many fans during his time at Stamford Bridge.

Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard joined Chelsea from Lille OSC in 2012 when he was 21-years old. He made 352 appearances for The Blues over seven years until 2019.

He left the club after helping them win back-to back Premier League titles (2015 & 2017). Hazard is widely regarded by many pundits around Europe as one of best attacking midfielders.

Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard

He is known for his incredible dribbling ability combined with great vision. His ability saw him score 85 goals whilst providing 92 assists during his time at Stamford Bridge.

Peter Osgood

Peter Osgood joined Chelsea from Southampton in 1964 when he was just 17-years-old. He made 380 appearances for The Blues over 11 years until 1975 when he left for Norwich City after scoring 150 goals along the way!

During his time at Stamford Bridge he won two FA Cup titles (1970 & 1971). He was also voted into both PFA Team Of The Year (1970 & 1971) twice.

Osgood was an incredibly talented player who brought joy to many fans during his time at Stamford Bridge.

Ron Harris

Ron Harris joined Chelsea from Brentford in 1961 when he was just 17-years-old. He made 795 appearances for The Blues over 18 years until 1979.

He left the club after captaining them through some of their most successful periods including winning two FA Cup titles (1970 & 1971).

Harris was known affectionately by fans as ‘Chopper’ due to his tough tackling style. His technique earned him numerous bookings throughout his career.

Harris made himself a fan favourite due to how much it helped protect The Blues defence!

Dennis Wise

Dennis Wise joined Chelsea from Wimbledon in 1990 when he was just 21-years-old. He made 285 appearances for The Blues over nine years until 1999.

He left the club after captaining them through some of their most successful periods including winning two FA Cup titles (1997 & 2000).

Wise was known affectionately by fans as ‘The Little General’ due to how much influence he had over games despite being relatively small compared to other midfielders.

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His style was something which earned him numerous bookings throughout his career. But he made himself a fan favourite due to how much it helped protect The Blues defence!

Bobby Tambling

Bobby Tambling joined Chelsea from Charlton Athletic in 1959 when he was just 18-years-old. He made 370 appearances for The Blues over 11 years until 1970.

He left the club after scoring 202 goals along the way – making him their second highest top scorer. Tambling won two FA Cup titles (1965 & 1970) during his time at Stamford Bridge.

He was also voted into both PFA Team Of The Year (1965 & 1966) twice – cementing himself firmly into club folklore forever more.

Claude Makelele

Claude Makelele joined Chelsea from Real Madrid in 2003 when he was 30-years-old. He made 192 appearances for The Blues over five years until 2008.

He left the club after helping them win back-to-back Premier League titles (2005 & 2006). Makelele revolutionized defensive midfield play with his ability to break up play whilst also providing defensive cover which allowed others around him more freedom offensively.

His style was something which earned him numerous plaudits throughout Europe including being named into both FIFPro World XI (2005 & 2006) twice.