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Top 5: Chelsea fan favourites

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Zola and Wise brought smiles to Stamford Bridge (©GettyImages)
Zola and Wise brought smiles to Stamford Bridge (©GettyImages).

Stamford Bridge has been graced by some wonderfully gifted footballers down the years, but which players spread the most joy?

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Jimmy will always be remembered as having one of the most vicious right boots in the history of the game. Despite this, though, he always seemed to have a big toothy smile on his face which gave him great presence in the team of the early noughties. He was Chelsea's top scorer three times in four years, and with a goal every two games, it isn't hard to see why he was so loved.

Dennis Wise

The diddy, former Chelsea captain  will always have a place in the hearts of Chelsea fans (although perhaps not in those of the Geordies). Before John Terry, he led Chelsea to their first real success in 30-odd years with two FA Cups, a League Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup. But it wasn't necessarily this which won over the crowd. What he lacked in size - he stood at a not so titanic 5'6" - he more than made up for in determination. 

His leadership and his gritty no nonsense tackles earned him the respect of the Chelsea faithful, and his own 'cheeky chappy' smile earned him theirs.

Claude Makélélé

He may not have been the first name to spring to mind, and his playing style was hardly the most awe-inspiring, but few players in the world have a role on the field named after them. Maka, in the 'Makélélé Role', was integral to Chelsea's success in 2004/05, and for this Chelsea fans grew to love him. 

He wasn't flamboyant, he didn't really have 'flair', but he did have a certain loveable character and his dominance in his role certainly didn't go unnoticed by Chelsea fans. His humorous inability to score was encapsulated on the day the league trophy was to be presented to Chelsea when he was given a chance to take a penalty. He was laughably close to messing it up by missing the penalty, only to gratefully score the rebound.

David Luiz

Luiz's placement here may well be disputed due to the fact many of the Blue's fans still are nowhere near comfortable with Luiz in the heart of Chelsea's defence. But despite that, he has no doubt made every single Chelsea fan grin at one stage or another. 

With the combination of his daft "Sideshow Bob" hair, his catchphrase of 'GEEZERS!', a lovely knack of goal scoring and glimpses of defensive genius, he may not be everyone's cup of tea but he does find himself here. If you're looking for a quick pick me up now, just search his training ground pranks!

Gianfranco Zola

Voted Chelsea's greatest player ever, the signing of Gianfranco gave Chelsea fans a taste of a style of football that the Blues had never really tasted before. Zola's play was draped in skill and style and freedom and despite his ageing years at Chelsea, he provided fans with moments of class that haven't been seen to the same extent since the introduction of a scarily similar Juan Mata. Has any other Chelsea player brought more smiles to Chelsea fans' faces?

 

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