Zola was even loved by non-Chelsea fans
Zola was even loved by non-Chelsea fans.

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8. Gianfranco Zola

What made Gianfranco Zola so unique was the fact he was universally loved. Even Chelsea’s fiercest enemies couldn’t find it within themselves to hate the diminutive Italian, who was also a football genius as well as a thoroughly decent chap.

It was no surprise that Zola was as good as he was. After all this was a player who had learned much from his idol, the great Diego Maradona, during their time playing together at Napoli.

Zola spent seven years at Stamford Bridge and established his status as a Premier League great during that time - even if he failed to land his hands on the trophy. The former Italy international left just as Roman Abramovich arrived, but he will always be remembered as one of Chelsea’s best ever players.

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