Ever since Chelsea was formed in 1905, the club has had a number of great players don the blue jersey – Gianfranco Zola, Peter Osgood, Roy Bentley to name a few but the club was not considered as one of England’s finest.
However, when Roman Abramovich took over Chelsea in 2003, there has been no looking back for the Blues. Chelsea have won 14 trophies since then – five Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, one UCL and a Europa League. And there have been various players who have helped the Blues climb up the ladder. Here, we rank the 5 greatest Chelsea players to play in Roman Abramovic’s time.
Branislav Ivanovic played a crucial role in the greatest period of the club’s history. The Serbian joined Chelsea for £9 million from Lokomotiv Moscow.
Arguably the best right-back in Chelsea’s history, the old-fashioned defender thrived in the modern game.
Perhaps his best performance came when Chelsea were facing Napoli in the last 16 of the Champions League. A 3-1 first leg deficit was erased in one of the greatest nights at the Bridge with Ivanovic popping up in extra-time to slam home the winner.
3 Premier League, 3 FA Cup, 1 League cup, 1 Community Shield, 1 Champions League and 1 Europa League – the right-back won all that was possible.
Ivanovic will be fondly remembered in West London having played an integral role in the most successful period of the club’s history, thus becoming a Chelsea legend.
If there is one player which the fans love is none other than Eden Hazard. The Belgian is quick on the wings and has an eye for the goal or an assist everytime he is on the field.
The 26-year old has won everything he can at Chelsea except for the Champions League, which is his dream. Apart from the team trophies, the winger also has a lot of personal accolades to his name; PL player of the season (14-15), PFA Players’ Player of the year (14-15), PFA Young Player of the year (13-14), to name a few. He has also been included in the PFA team of the year four times in the last five seasons.
Arsenal’s biggest nightmare, Didier Drogba is arguably the best forward bought in the last decade by the Blues. Since he departed, the club has tried desperately to fill his hole but has been unable to do so.
Drogba was Chelsea’s most expensive signing back then, joining the Blues for £24m from Marseille. While many thought it he was not worth spending so much on, Jose Mourinho wanted the striker and was backed by Roman Abramovic.
The Ivorian has won 4 Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups, 3 League Cups, 2 Community Shield and 1 Champions League.
Some of his personal achievements include 2 Premier League Golden Boot, 1 Golden Foot, UEFA Team of The Year, 2 Premier League PFA Team of The Year.
A £11 million signing from West Ham, Frank Lampard proved his class and professionalism over 13 years at Stamford Bridge. Lampard was everything a modern midfielder should be.
The England international comfortably reached double figures in goals scored for 10 seasons on a trout, scoring 20+ in five seasons. This helped him break Bobby Tambling’s all-time club record of 202 goals in May 2013.
His career at Stamford Bridge was no short of trophies; 3 Premier League, 4 FA Cup, 1 UCL, 1 Europa League, 2 Community Shield and 2 League Cups.
He also has a lot of individual accolades to his name; FIFA Player of the year (Silver, 2005), Ballon d’Or (Silver, 2005), UEFA Midfielder of the year (2008), to name a few.
Captain. Leader. Legend. These are the words which first strike the mind when you hear John Terry’s name.
Joining Chelsea at a very young age back in 1998, the defender has seen a lot in the past 19 years. Consistency, quality defending, inspirational leadership, goal scoring abilities and distribution skills, Terry had it all. He was a complete package.
One of the most important players in the Mourinho era, Terry was one of the key factors in making Chelsea the European and Premier League superpower it is today. John Terry is one of the finest centre-backs England has ever produced.
He has won a lot of trophies at the club as well. 5 Premier League, 5 FA Cups, 3 League Cups, 2 Community Shield, 1 Champions League and 1 Europa League to be precise.
Terry’s departure to Aston Villa has left Chelsea searching for his replacement and the club believes Andreas Christensen is the man to fill in the gap.