Top 25 Chelsea players of the Premier League era

To celebrate 25 years of the Premier League, Sports Mole counts down the top 25 Chelsea players in the competition's history.

Chelsea players celebrate with the Barclays Premier League trophy after they win the title with a 8-0 victory over Wigan Athletic in the English Premier League football match on May 9, 2010© Getty Images

Chelsea have developed into a major force on the domestic and European stage during the Premier League era, with Roman Abramovich's acquisition of the club in 2003 being largely responsible for changing the entire landscape of English football.

Bloated transfer fees suddenly became the norm and success followed for the Blues, with only Manchester United having lifted the Premier League trophy more times than Chelsea.

Indeed, since Abramovich's takeover, Chelsea are the joint most successful team in English football, winning five Premier League titles in addition to four FA Cups, three League Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League.

The explosion of money and success led to Chelsea bringing a new calibre of player to Stamford Bridge, and some of them have gone on to establish themselves among the greatest to have ever played in the Premier League.

Here, to celebrate 25 years of the competition, Sports Mole counts down the 25 greatest Chelsea players of the Premier League era.

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3Chelsea1281323101325
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5Liverpool126422417722
6Arsenal127142216622
7Burnley12642129322
8Watford125341921-218
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11Newcastle UnitedNewcastle124261114-314
12Leicester CityLeicester123451618-213
13Bournemouth124171114-313
14Southampton12345914-513
15Stoke CityStoke123451524-913
16Everton123361224-1212
17West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom12246918-910
18West Ham UnitedWest Ham122371125-149
19Swansea CitySwansea12228715-88
20Crystal Palace12129624-185
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