Chelsea fans have ranked the club's best 25 players

Chelsea’s recent footballing history has been littered with trophies.

Ever since Roman Abramovich took over the club in 2003, the Blues have won five league titles, five FA Cups, two Europa Leagues and one Champions League.

Given their recent success, a number of the club’s greatest players hail from their modern era.

Over on Ranker, Chelsea fans have voted for the 25 greatest players in the club’s history and it’s no surprise to see a hefty number of stars from the Abramovich era feature.

There are a few players from previous eras who make the cut and you can view the full list below. The order of the top five will certainly spark some debate.

25. Nicolas Anelka

The best spell of Anelka’s career came with Chelsea. The Frenchman and Didier Drogba really were a force to be reckoned with.

24. Arjen Robben

The Dutchman was electric upon his arrival at Stamford Bridge and it’s a crying shame that he only spent three years with the Blues.

23. Eidur Gudjohnsen

A seriously underrated striker. The Iceland hero was key in the pre-Abramovich era and was part of the squad that lifted back-to-back Premier League titles under the Russian owner.

22. Dennis Wise

Wise spent 11 years with the Blues between 1990 and 2001. A dependable performer and a fan-favourite, the Englishman was always going to rank high on this list.

21. Jimmy Greaves

What a player! In his 157 games for the Blues, Greaves scored 124 goals – a man born to find the back of the net.

20. Roberto Di Matteo

A brilliant midfielder in his playing days and the first Chelsea manager to deliver the European Cup, a true legend.

19. Ricardo Carvalho

A key man in Jose Mourinho’s first spell as manager. The Portuguese and John Terry were impregnable as a duo.

18. Joe Cole

During his Chelsea days, Cole was absolutely sensational. An English winger blessed with immense skill, a real rarity.

17. Branislav Ivanovic

The ultimate clutch player. A brilliant right-back and a scorer of crucial goals, what a player.

16. Cesar Azpilicueta

Chelsea’s current captain has been a brilliant servant to the club. He’s played at right-back, left-back and centre-back, excelling in all three roles.

15. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

The man with one of the hardest shots football has ever seen. Also one of the greatest strikers in Chelsea’s history.

14. Peter Osgood

A real blast from the past. Between 1964 and 1974, Osgood scored 103 goals in 279 games, a superb return.

13. Michael Essien

The Ghanian midfielder deserves to be on this list purely for THAT wonder goal against Arsenal. He was also a bloody good player as well!

12. N’Golo Kante

The best defensive midfielder in the world right, that’s all you need to know.

11. Marcel Desailly

Captain fantastic. Desailly and Frank Lebouef were so, so good at the back together.

10. Ruud Gullit

Odd to see the Dutchman so high on this list. Gullit only made 49 appearances for Chelsea in the latter stages of his career, but he did win the 1997 FA Cup as player-manager.

9. Michael Ballack

What a free transfer. Ballack was a force to be reckoned with in his four years with the Blues and he recently stated his regret at leaving the club too early in 2010.

8. Ashley Cole

The best left-back in Chelsea’s and Premier League history. His signing from Arsenal was a true masterstroke.

7. Claude Makelele

So good that the defensive-midfield position was renamed the ‘Makelele role’. He was arguably better at Chelsea than he was at Real Madrid!

6. Petr Cech

During his days with Chelsea, there’s an argument Cech was the best goalkeeper in Premier League history. An absolute giant between the posts.

5. Gianfranco Zola

Many Chelsea fans believe Zola is the club’s greatest ever player. The man made the game look so easy, scoring goals and assisting for fun in his pomp.

4. Eden Hazard

Probably the most talented player in Chelsea’s history. In 352 games, the brilliant Belgian scored 110 goals and notched 92 assists, not bad that.

3. John Terry

Captain, leader, legend. Those three words perfectly sum up the immovable object that was Terry, a man who can lay claim to being the greatest centre-back in Premier League history.

2. Frank Lampard

Chelsea’s record goal scorer with 217 from midfield. A ridiculously good player and one that the Blues still haven’t come close to replacing.

1. Didier Drogba

A worthy winner. Drogba not only scored goals for fun, he turned up in every big games. His equaliser and winning penalty in the shootout against Bayern were the biggest moments in Chelsea’s history.

So. Many. Legends.

It’s hard to argue against Drogba taking top spot, but either Lampard, Terry or Hazard would have been worthy winners as well.

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