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Gudjohnsen and Hasselbaink during their days at Chelsea.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was Eidur Gudjohnsen's favourite player to play alongside

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Former Chelsea and Barcelona striker Eidur Gudjohnsen has revealed Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is the man he most enjoyed playing alongside during his career, according to The Sun.

The 37-year-old, who has paired up with some of the greatest footballers the game has seen, singled out the Dutchman as his favourite strike partner.

He said: "I could put together a pretty good list: Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Gianfranco Zola, Didier Drogba, Hernan Crespo, Samuel Eto’o, Lionel Messi, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo.

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"I’m probably forgetting many more - ah yes, Thierry Henry.

"The one I connected the best with, and most enjoyed playing with, was Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink."

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Gudjohnsen, currently a free agent, believes their strong connection outside the game played a significant role in developing chemistry on the pitch despite their contrasting styles.

"We were fire and ice, so different, but we clicked - two halves gelled into one. We clicked off the field very quickly and I think that helped a lot.

"Jimmy and I were very different in how we played but very alike in how we thought about the game."

The former Iceland international lacked the physical attributes of the burly Hasselbaink, but his intelligent movement and vision in tight spaces provided the perfect support for his colleague to feed off.

Eidur Gudjohnsen and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink of Chelsea

"Jimmy was so powerful, while I was about picking a position and finding the right pass so he could take care of the rest.

"It was such an enjoyable time, we became good mates. We even spent Christmas together with our partners."

The Gudjohnsen-Hasselbaink duo was one of the most popular strike forces among Chelsea fans both before and after Roman Abramovich bought the club in June 2003.

Didier Drogba (R) and Eidur Gudjohnsen (

Didier Drogba’s arrival from Marseille marked the beginning of a new era at Stamford Bridge and, more specifically, the end of Hasselbaink’s time in west London.

The former Holland international is now at the helm of Queens Park Rangers, having cut his teeth as a manager at Royal Antwerp and Burton Albion beforehand.

Hasselbaink has enjoyed quite a rapid rise to Championship-level management, but Gudjohnsen says his potential to succeed on the touchline following his playing career was always evident.

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"I’m not surprised he’s doing well as a manager because he is very clear in his thinking and knows what he wants.

"He is stubborn and determined, just like he was as a player - typically Dutch I suppose."

On the other hand, Gudjohnsen is yet to hang up his boots and even has hopes of earning a spot in Iceland’s Euro 2016 squad.

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