Revealed! The best players ever to wear Chelsea’s squad numbers

first_imgSquad numbers were first introduced to the Premier League in 1993.Prior to that, teams numbered 1-11 in each game (with two substitutes as numbers 12 and 14), meaning players could change number each game.Since the introduction of squad numbers, however, certain players have become synonymous with the number on their back.At Chelsea, John Terry has worn the number 26 for 18 seasons, while fellow Stamford Bridge legend Didier Drogba switched squad number during his illustrious Blues career.So, who are the best players to wear 1-25 for Chelsea in the era of squad numbers?Take a look at the slideshow above to find out!Disagree with our selection? Comment below. 16. Roberto Di Matteo (wore Chelsea’s no.16 from 1996-2001) – Also worn by Robert Fleck (1993-1994), David Hopkin (1994-1995), David Rocastle (1995-1996), Arjen Robben (2004-2007), Raul Meireles (2011-2013), Marco van Ginkel (2013-2015), Kenedy (2015-present) The best player to wear no.1 for Chelsea since squad numbers were introduced in 1993 is Petr Cech. To find out the rest of Chelsea’s best ever players by squad number, click the arrow above! – Cech had Chelsea’s number one shirt between 2004 and 2015. It’s also been worn by Dmitri Kharine (1993-1997), Ed De Goey (1997-2003) and Asmir Begovic (2015-present). 9. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (wore Chelsea’s no.9 from 2000-2004) – Also worn by Tony Cascarino (1993-1994), Mark Stein (1994-1996), Gianluca Vialli (1996-1999), Chris Sutton (1999-2000), Mateja Kezman (2004-2005), Hernan Crespo (2005-2006), Khlalid Boulahrouz (2006-2007), Steve Sidwell (2007-2008), Franco Di Santo (2008-2009), Fernando Torres (2011-2015), Falcao (2015-present) 14. Graeme Le Saux (wore Chelsea’s no.14 from 1997-2003) – Graeme Le Saux had two spells at Chelsea 26 26 26 4. Claude Makelele (wore Chelsea’s no.4 from 2003-2008) – Also worn by David Lee (1993-1994), Jakob Kjeldbjerg (1994-1995), Ruud Gullit (1995-1997), Steve Clarke (1998-1999), Jes Hogh (1999-2001), David Luiz (2010-2014), Cesc Fabregas (2014-present) 17. Jose Bosingwa (wore Chelsea’s no.17 from 2008-2012) – Also worn by Nigel Spackman (1993-1996), Scott Minto (1996-1997), Danny Granville (1997-1998), Albert Ferrer (1998-2001), Emmanuel Petit (2001-2004), Scott Sinclair (2007-2008), Eden Hazard (2012-2014), Mohamed Salah (2014-2015), Pedro (2015-present) 15. Mario Melchiot (wore Chelsea’s no.15 from 1999-2004) – Also worn by Mal Donaghy (1993-1994), Andy Myers (1994-1996), David Lee (1996-1998), Sam Dalla Bona (1998-1999), Didier Drogba (2004-2006), Florent Malouda (2007-2013), Kevin De Bruyne (2013-2014), Papy Djilobodji (2015-present) 26 6. Marcel Desailly (wore Chelsea’s no.6 from 1998-2004) – Also worn by Frank Sinclair (1993-1996), Steve Clarke (1996-1998), Ricardo Carvlaho (2004-2010), Oriol Romeu (2011-2013), Nathan Ake (2014-2015), Baba Rahman (2015-present) 11. Didier Drogba (wore Chelsea’s no.11 from 2006-2012) – Also worn by Dennis Wise (1993-2001), Bolo Zenden (2001-2003), Damien Duff (2003-2006), Oscar (2012-2014), Didier Drogba again (2014-2015) 19. Diego Costa (worn Chelsea’s no.19 from 2014-present) – Also worn by Neil Shipperley (1993-1994), Jakob Kjeldbjerg (1995-1996), Paul Parker (1996-1997), Tore Andre Flo (1997-2000), Pierre Issa (2000-2001), Valerio di Cesare (2001-2003), Scott Parker (2003-2005), Lassana Diarra (2005-2007), Paulo Ferreira (2008-2013), Demba Ba (2013-2014) 5. Michael Essien (wore Chelsea’s no.5 from 2005-2014) – Michael Essien was a firm favourite at Stamford Bridge, dubbed as one of the Premier League’s most powerful holding midfielders 10. Eden Hazard (worn Chelsea’s no.10 from 2014-present) – Also worn by Gavin Peacock (1993-1996), Mark Hughes (1996-1998), Pierluigi Casiraghi (1998-2000), Slavisa Jokanovic (2000-2002), Joe Cole (2003-2010), Yossi Benayoun (2010-2011), Juan Mata (2011-2014) 26 24. Gary Cahill (worn Chelsea’s no.24 from 2012-present) – Also worn by Craig Burley (1993-1994), Robert Fleck (1994-1995), Dan Petrescu (1995-1996), Eddie Newton (1996-1999), Sam Dalla Bona (1999-2002), Gabriele Ambrosetti (2002-2003), Bolo Zenden (2003-2004), Mikel Forsell (2004-2005), Shaun Wright-Phillips (2005-2008), Nemanja Matic (2009-2011), 18. Wayne Bridge (wore Chelsea’s no.18 between 2003-2008) – Also worn by Eddie Newton (1993-1996), Erland Johnsen (1996-1997), Andy Myers (1997-1999), Gabriele Ambrosetti (1999-2001), Albert Ferrer (2001-2002), Sebastian Kneissl (2002-2003), Ricardo Quaresma (2008-2009), Yuriy Zhirkov (2009-2011), Romelu Lukaku (2011-2014), Loic Remy (2014-present) 26 26 26 26 2. Branislav Ivanovic (worn Chelsea’s no.2 from 2007-present) – Also worn by Darren Barnard (1993-1994), Steve Clarke (1994-1996), Dan Petrescu (1996-2000), Christian Panucci (2000-2001), Albert Ferrer (2002-2003), Glen Johnson (2003-2006) 26 26 Getty center_img 26 26 26 26 26 21. Salomon Kalou (wore Chelsea’s no.21 between 2006-2012) – Also worn by Mark Stein (1993-1994), David Rocastle (1994-1995), Anthony Barness (1995-1996), Jody Morris (1996-1997), Paul Hughes (1997-1998), Bernard Lambourde (1998-2001), Enrique De Lucas (2002-2003), Hernan Crespo (2003-2004), Marko Marin (2012-2013), Nemanja Matic (2014-present) 26 12. John Obi Mikel (worn Chelsea’s no.12 from 2006-present) – Also worn by Steve Clarke (1993-1994), Craig Burley (1994-1996), Michael Duberry (1996-1999), Mario Stanic (2000-2004), Carlton Cole (2005-2006) 26 25. Gianfranco Zola (wore Chelsea’s no.25 between 1996-2003) – Also worn by David Lee (1994-1995), Terry Phelan (1995-1996), 26 26 13. Michael Ballack (wore Chelsea’s no.13 from 2006-2010) – Also worn by Kevin Hitchcock (1993-2001), William Gallas (2000-2006), Victor Moses (2012-2014), Thibaut Courtois (2014-present) 20. Deco (wore Chelsea’s no.20 between 2008-2010) – Also worn by Glenn Hoddle (1993-1995), David Lee (1995-1996), Frank Sinclair (1996-1998), Danny Slatter (1998-1999), Jody Morris (1999-2003), Juan Sebastian Veron (2003-2004), Paulo Ferreira (2004-2008), Josh McEachran (2011-2012) 22. Eiður Guðjohnsen (wore Chelsea’s no.22 between 2000-2006) – Also worn by Paul Elliott (1993-1994), Anthony Barness (1994-1995), Muzzy Izzet (1995-1996), Mark Nicholls (1996-2000), Magnus Hedman (2006-2007), Tal Ben Haim (2007-2008), Ross Turnbull (2009-2013), Willian (2013-present) 23. Carlo Cudicini (wore Chelsea’s no.23 between 1999-2008) – Also worn by Nick Colgan (1994-1995), Jody Morris (1995-1996), Nick Colgan again (1996-1997), Dmitri Kharine (1997-1999), Daniel Sturridge (2009-2013), Mark Schwarzer (2013-2014), Juan Cuadrado (2015) 8. Frank Lampard (wore Chelsea’s no.8 from 2001-2014) – Also worn by Damian Matthew (1993-1994), Paul Furlong (1994-1995), Mark Hughes (1995-1996), Andy Myers (1996-1997), Gus Poyet (1997-2001), Oscar (2014-present) 26 26 3. Ashley Cole (wore Chelsea’s no.3 from 2006-2014) – Also worn by Andy Myers (1993-1994), Scott Minto (1994-1996), Celestine Babayaro (1996-2004), Asier Del Horno (2005-2006), Filipe Luis (2014-2015) 26 26. John Terry (worn Chelsea’s no.26 from 1998-present) – Also worn by Andy Dow (1993-1995), Michael Duberry (1995-1996), Neil Clement (1996-1997), Laurent Charvet (1997-1998) 26 26 26 7. Ramires (worn Chelsea’s no.7 from 2010-present) – Also worn by John Spencer (1993-1996), Bernard Lambourde (1997-1998), Bjarne Goldbaek (1998-1999), Didier Deschamps (1999-2000), Winston Bogarde (2000-2003), Adrian Mutu (2003-2004), Maniche (2005-2006), Andriy Shevchenko (2006-2008) last_img read more

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