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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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City98103242825
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd96212241820
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs96211961320
4Chelsea95131710716
5Arsenal95131712516
6Watford94321517-215
7Newcastle UnitedNewcastle9423108214
8Burnley934289-113
9Liverpool93421416-213
10Southampton933389-112
11Huddersfield TownHuddersfield9333710-312
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton9324910-111
13West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom9243710-310
14Leicester CityLeicester92341214-29
15Swansea CitySwansea9225610-48
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham9225817-98
17Stoke CityStoke92251020-108
18Everton9225718-118
19Bournemouth9216613-77
20Crystal Palace9108219-173
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