Who were the best players ever to have worn the Chelsea blue jersey? We could debate this for hours – especially as in recent years they have reaped the benefits of having just about the World’s richest owner and therefore a large chuck of global talent to call upon in their pursuit of world domination.
Rant over. Here’s my three.
Frank Lampard (2001-present)
There can be no argument with his inclusion. Mr Chelsea has consistently been one of the Premiership’s finest midfielders making it all the more frustrating that he has struggled to replicate this form in an England shirt. Lamps more-or-less guarantees 20 goals a season and has been the lynchpin of the side that has won three league titles in the last five years. He is also Chelsea’s third-highest all time goalscorer with 130 goals coming from just over 400 appearances.
Ron Harris (1961-1980)
Chopper Harris was the unattractive face of a talented Chelsea team in the late 1960s and early 1970s. A remarkable blend of uncompromising tackler and inspirational leader, the centre half led the side to two FA Cup finals, three League Cup finals, two promotions from the second division and the European Cup Winners’ Cup. His record of 655 appearances for the Blues was inflated by his refusal to miss out on game for anything less than a life-threatening injury. He was one of the toughest defenders of his era feared by opponents throughout the nineteen years he spent at Stamford Bridge.
Gianfranco Zola (1996-2003)
Over seven seasons, the miniature Italian set the Premiership alight with his sublime ball control and mazy runs. He helped the side win four trophies after a lengthy barren spell for the West Londoners at a time predating Abramovich’s billions scoring 80 goals in all before returning to his homeland and local club Cagliari.
His personable temperament and permanent smile made him loved by Chelsea and opposition fans alike.
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