As a true Chelsea fan, how many legends do you know about?
A lot of old names has come and gone and these names are the biggest contributions to the history of Chelsea Football club. Here are list of 5 Chelsea legends you must know
Gianfranco Zola came to Chelsea and scored 80 goals in 297 matches. However, these numbers undercut Zola’s importance to the club. Throughout his career at Stamford Bridge, he was a fan favourite and charmed his way into the hearts of all supporters. He led the team to six trophies, including two FA Cups and even a UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup and Super Cup in the same year.
Zola’s abilities on the pitch are best captured by Claudio Ranieri, who said this after the Italian scored a back-heeled goal in 2002: “Gianfranco tries everything because he is a wizard and the wizard must try.” Gianfranco may have come directly before the glories of Premier League titles, but he paved the way for Chelsea to become the club they are today.
Osgood’s tenure can best be captured by his performance in the 1969-70 FA Cup. In every single round, Ossie found the back of the net, including an unbelievable match-winning diving header against Leeds in the final.
The following season, he scored in both legs of the European Cup Winner’s Cup, leading Chelsea to a victory over Real Madrid. In ten years and 279 appearances, Osgood scored 103 goals. However, it wasn’t just the number of goals he scored, it was the way he scored them that made Ossie such a Chelsea hero.
Bobby Tambling holds the all-time scoring record for Chelsea with 202 goals in 370 matches and the scoring in a game record with five in a match against Aston Villa.
His tenure at the club spanned the 60s, where his goal-scoring prowess only served him with one trophy: the 1965 League Cup. Despite the club’s lack of success, Tambling’s ability in front of net has made him a Blues hero.
Terry was one of the most legendary captain of Chelsea of the century. Known for his devotion and leadership qualities
However, he has captained the Blues in the most successful period in the club’s history, earning 11 trophies in thirteen years and even winning a PFA Player of the Year Award at centre back.
His hard defending and ability to head goals in from set pieces has made him a worry for opposing teams at both ends of the pitch. In all likelihood, Terry will vault to the top or near the top of this list when he retires.
Over a twenty year period Peter Bonetti played 600 matches at net for Chelsea. Nicknamed “The Cat” (could there be a more complimentary nickname for a keeper?), Bonetti was one of the greatest keepers in the history of the sport.
He led Chelsea to an FA Cup and Cup Winner’s Cup trophies and conceded one goal or less in two-thirds of his matches. He may have come before the good times at Chelsea, but Bonetti is certainly a legend at the club.
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