You’d do well to find a single Chelsea fan with a bad word to say about Gianfranco Zola.
The former Italy international, 50, spent seven years with the west London outfit during the late 1990s and early 2000s and lit up Stamford Bridge thanks to his mercurial talent and jovial personality.
Zola was one of those rare footballers - like Andres Iniesta and Santi Cazorla today - who appear to be universally respected not only because of their ability but also because of how they conduct themselves both on and off the pitch.
Pretty much everyone associated with Chelsea Football Club would give Zola a hero’s welcome whenever he returns to the Bridge.
However, Zola received a surprise telling off by one of the club’s employees before Chelsea’s Premier League clash against Tottenham on Saturday afternoon.
Ferdinand slams steward for telling off Zola
Zola had the audacity to step onto the pitch and was told by the steward to get off, according to BT Sport presenter Jack Humphrey.
“Rio Ferdinand politely reminded [the steward] that Zola owns this football pitch behind us,” Humphrey added.
Zola didn't seem to be too bothered
Zola didn’t seem to be too annoyed about the situation. Then again, we don’t think we’ve ever seen Zola annoyed about anything.
The former playmaker, despite being told to get off the pitch, still sported a beaming smile as Humphrey told the story.
Chelsea are flying high in the Premier League table
Chelsea could have done with a player of Zola’s calibre last season; however, the Blues are currently flying in the Premier League this term under the management of Antonio Conte.
A 2-1 win over Spurs means they remain top of the table, a point ahead of both Liverpool and Manchester City.
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