There are countless players that have been part of the rich history of Chelsea football club. All the fantastic footballing figures that have played at Chelsea are worth praises in every supporter’s memory. However those who have been named as legends of this club, have shown a little more than just being a great player. They have won the heart of the fans, shown great leadership to drive their team forward, and finally they have been crucial in the establishment of this incredible European football powerhouse. The number of legendary players that have played at Chelsea is so vast that we had to omit many worthy candidates, mostly the current players who will undoubtedly join this list after spending some more time at the Stamford Bridge stadium.
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One of the Chelsea legends who has never been a player at the club, is no-other than Jose Mourinho, who has been manager of the club from 2004 to 2007 before heading to coach Inter Milan and Real Madrid. He was then back to Chelsea since 2013 to the delight of the supporters. Even though he left the club in 2007, his legacy to the club has been a lasting one and now he is back in force. In his first 3 season with the Blues he became the most successful manager of the club’s history by bringing home six trophies (2 EPL titles, 2 FA cups, 1 League Cup, and 1 Community Shield). And since his return to the club in June 2013, the Blues have won another League Cup and the EPL title last season, and thus his reputation is still growing at Chelsea.
Marcel Desailly joined Chelsea as an established quality players who had already won the World Cup with France and the Champions League with Marseille and Milan. He led Chelsea to the UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup, and FA Charity Shield while being the captain of the Blues, and his immediate impact in the club has marked history of Chelsea. Back in the 80’s, we saw a firm fan favourite known by the name of Pat Nevin, for his entertaining gameplay and ability to create goals. Voted twice as Chelsea’s player of the year, he led the Blues into the first division within his first season at the club, with his unmatched pace and skill.
The midfielder Roberto Di Matteo helped Chelsea to 2 FA Cups where he scored the crucial winning goals in the finals of both these games. What brought him to the status of legend is when he took the reins as manager of the club that led Chelsea to the Champions League final. Denis Wise on the other hand has been the personification of determination and grit while he was at Chelsea, where he led the Blues to 6 trophies, including a League Cup and 2 FA Cups. He is mostly remembered for this away equaliser to Milan during the 1999 Champion League.
The list of Blues Legend include various high profile players such as Gianfranco Zola, Didier Drogba, Peter Osgood, Bobby Tambling, John Terry, Peter Bonetti, Frank Lampard, Kerry Dixon, Ron Harris, Terry Venables, Steve Clarke and many others. These great players have each marked the history of Chelsea and they have all brought their valuable contribute on the pitch to bring the club to the greatest heights!