The five greatest Chelsea players of all-time

In 2003, Chelsea fans voted Gianfranco Zola as their best ever player.

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Back then, the diminutive Italian’s selection was hard to argue against, but the club has changed massively in the 13 years since.

We’ve cobbled together a list of the best Chelsea players ever… find us on Facebook to let us know whether we’re right or hideously wrong.

5. John Terry

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OK, so he’s possibly not the nicest man on the planet, but he’s definitely among the Premier League’s greatest ever players, and is certainly Chelsea’s best ever centre-back.

He may well be a full-kit wanker, but he’s a born winner and has been – and still is – an outstanding servant to Chelsea.

4. Frank Lampard

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He outscored Bobby Tambling in his final months as a Chelsea player, and is unrivalled in the Premier League midfield goal-machine stakes.

Lampard was the ultimate professional. Some may not like the manner in which he left the club for the MLS only to end up at Manchester City, but his refusal to celebrate when he scored against his old club at the Etihad tells you everything you need to know about the man.

3. Gianfranco Zola

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The pint-sized Italian playmaker was a joy to watch. His deft touch, eye for a world-class finish and Weeble-like balance made him one of the most dangerous attacking midfielders this country has ever witnessed.

His persona off the pitch puts him in even higher esteem with fans of all clubs. His friendly, ever-smiling face, immaculate sportsmanship and sense of humour remain unmatched in the Premier League.

2. Jimmy Greaves

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If it’s goals you want, then look no further. Greaves was a goal-scoring phenomenon in his playing days, and he made his name at Chelsea.

Joining the club at 16, he went on to score 22, 37, 30 and 43 goals in his four seasons at Stamford Bridge. A ruthless finisher, Greaves scored five in a game on three separate occasions for Chelsea.

1. Didier Drogba

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It’s hard to put any striker above Greaves, but Drogba was a sensation during his time in London. He’ll forever be loved by Blues fans for his bullying of Arsenal defences, 164 goals, and scoring the winning penalty in the 2012 Champions League final.

Few strikers in English football history come close to Drogba, who, incidentally, was voted the club’s best ever player by fans in 2012.

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