Peter Bonetti and Carlo Cudicini have been good custodians for Chelsea in their time but Petr Cech has to be the pick of the lot. Not only is he arguably the best goalkeeper in the Premiership, he is one of three best ‘keepers in Europe.
Ron “Chopper” Harris
Ron Harris played as a right back for Chelsea in the 1960s and the 1970s and has to be the best right back of all time for the Blues. He played over 650 matches for Chelsea and was known for his no-nonsense defending
Graeme le Saux
Graeme de Saux had two separate spells at Chelsea and came to the fore in his second spell. He was known as a great defender who was entertaining while going upfront to contribute to the attack. He won the League Cup and the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1998.
John Terry is a one-club man and is already a Chelsea legend, although he is still 27 years of age. He is the current captain of the Blues and is a leader for his club both on the pitch and off it. His strong defending and propensity to come to the rescue of his teammates and the club in times of emergency are hallmarks of a great leader and a great player.
A Chelsea and France legend, Marcel Desailly’s strong defending won him numerous admirers in the footballing world. He featured in over 200 matches for Chelsea and is not only a Chelsea great but a Premiership legend too.
Claude Makelele is easily the best defensive midfielder of all time. He was signed by Chelsea in the summer of 2003 when Real Madrid so unwittingly booted him out and Makelele soon became one of the unsung heroes of the Chelsea side that won back to back Premiership crowns. In his five years at Stamford Bridge, he played more than 200 matches for the Blues and has left behind a legacy at Stamford Bridge.
Frank Lampard’s creativity and running from the midfield have certainly gone down well with the Chelsea supporters. He joined Chelsea from West Ham United in 2001 and was arguably England’s best player in 2004 and 2005.
Alan Hudson was a playmaker whose sublime skills and moves were the hallmarks of the Chelsea side of the early 1970s. He was instrumental in Chelsea’ victory over Real Madrid in the European Cup Winners’ Cup final in 1971.
Dennis Wise was one of the best players of his generation and was noted for his aggression, competitive attitude and passion. The central midfielder was a hugely influential figure for Chelsea in the 1990s. He won the FA Cup twice in 1997 and 2000 and also won the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1998.
Gianluca Vialli is considered a living Italian legend. He was signed by Chelsea in 1996 by the then club manager Ruud Gullit. He settled very well into English football and won a whole host of trophies, including the FA Cup in 1997 and the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1998.
Gianfranco Zola was signed by Chelsea in 1996 and played for them until 2003. He played in over 200 matches for Chelsea and gifted the Blues some of the entertaining football they have ever witnessed.
A leader both on and off the pitch, Zola was voted as Chelsea’s greatest ever footballers and was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2006.