Chelsea | Didier Drogba

If we're being truthful, it would be easier to make the case for John Terry or Frank Lampard.

The two stalwarts of Chelsea's most successful era are great players in their own right. It would be no surprise if they were honoured Bergkamp-style outside Stamford Bridge.

But here's the thing. Bergkamp was honoured not because he scored the most goals, made the most appearances or won the most trophies. He is celebrated for his effect on Arsenal as a football club, the way he completely embodied Arsenal FC as a place to play beautiful, technical football.

And in a similar way, Didier Drogba fulfils that role for Chelsea. His 100 league goals in 226 games is impressive. He won Premier League trophies, scored the winning spot-kick in Champions League finals.

But he had another role, one more difficult to quantify. He perfectly summed up Chelsea during the early Abramovich era - both for the club's fans and detractors.

You loved him if you were a Blue, hated him if you weren't - but even then you couldn't deny his brilliance.

Without him, Chelsea were just another team. With him they were Champions League contenders each and every year.

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