Highest ranked Chelsea XI of all time
Popular, successful and powerful: Chelsea FC are one of the most successful clubs of the past two decades. Many will certainly be quick to point to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich as the reason for these successes, and they would not be entirely wrong.
Ever since Abramovich brought his hands-on business approach to Stamford Bridge, the Blues have grown steadily. They have won 20 trophies since the Russian oligarch bought the club in 2003. Yet the Chelsea squad before Abramovich‘s arrival were not that great either. Admittedly, there were financial constraints and debts, but on the ground, the Blues were quite strong.
After eventful seasons in the ’70s and’ 80s, the club’s performance on the pitch stabilized in the ’90s under former owner Ken Bates. In the decade leading up to the turn of the millennium, Chelsea took the world by storm, winning six trophies nationally and continentally. Even before the 1970s, the Blues won the Premier League title, the FA Cup and the Community Shield.
Some of the players on this list are from the Abramovich era. But there are a few whose goalscoring records in their respective positions have not been touched in decades.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the all-time top scorers at all positions in Chelsea’s 4-3-3 roster, starting with Petr Cech.
Goalkeeper: Petr Cech – 0 goals
While many goalkeepers have had the privilege of scoring a goal for their club, no Chelsea goalkeeper has ever done so. Now Chelsea’s technical and performance advisor, Petr Cech is a Blues legend. Joining the Blues in 2004, just after Abramovich took the reins, the Czech would reach 100 clean sheets in just 180 appearances.
Cech has won the Premier League Golden Glove four times with Chelsea. He also helped the club with back-to-back Premier League wins, ultimately concluding his playing career at Chelsea with more than 10 trophies.
Left-back: Tommy Law – 19 goals
He wasn’t exactly known for the frantic pace or dashing acceleration that most full-backs have in abundance these days. Tommy Law was pretty good at taking shots on goal. In fact, most of his 19 goals scored for Chelsea in 318 appearances came from penalties.
Defending was Law’s strong suit. He was an effective ball interceptor and had a great sense of his position in defensive play. His distribution from left-back was sublime and essential for Chelsea in his 14 years at the club.
Center-back: John Terry – 67 goals
One of the Blues’ most popular and successful captains, John Terry during 19 years at Chelsea saw him score 67 goals. That’s the highest for a Chelsea defender in history. Having started his professional career with the club in 1998, Terry led Chelsea to 14 trophies. This includes a Champions League title and a Europa League title.
Known for his physical and imposing presence at the back, Terry’s skill in the air helped to score from set pieces. Although he is less agile than the others, his leadership, tackling skills and determination have made him a brilliant defender overall.
Center-back: David Webb – 33 goals
Entering Chelsea in 1968, the star defender made 299 appearances for the club, scoring 33 goals. He is best known for scoring the Blues’ winning goal in the FA Cup final in 1970, where his head skills came in handy in an overtime corner kick. It was Chelsea’s very first FA Cup victory.
Throughout his career with the Blues, Webb was a utility player who could play in almost any position, and he usually provided cover elsewhere. Interestingly, he already played as a goalkeeper against Ipswich in 1971 and Chelsea ended the game with a clean sheet.
Right-back: Peter Sillett – 34 goals
Starting his career at Chelsea a few years after World War II, Sillett flourished on the right flank. He ultimately held the record for Chelsea’s best defender until John Terry surpassed it decades later. Noted for his skillful passing and defensive contributions, it was Sillett’s powerful shots that really made the headlines.
Sillett made 288 appearances in his nine years with the club, including winning the Premier League title and the FA Charity Shield.