Chelsea FC: Ex Premier League Players

Where are these ex Chelsea Premier League players now?

Welcome to the Chelsea FC legends page – the gateway to information on ex players who have played in the Premier League.

In addition to information on ex Blues players we have also added statistics which include the top goalscorers, most appearances and also the club’s final league position for each year that they have featured in the EPL.

Petr Cech – Premier League Appearances: 443 | Clean Sheets: 202

Considered to be one of the greatest goalkeepers of his generation, Petr Cech retired from playing in 2019 after spending four seasons in North London with Arsenal. Read More..

Ed de Goey – Premier League Appearances: 123 | Clean Sheets: 47

A 20 year playing career, which included six years in the Premier League with Chelsea finally came to an end in 2006 whilst Ed de Goey was playing for Stoke City. Read More..

Carlo Cudicini – Premier League Appearances: 161 | Clean Sheets: 16

A huge contributor to Chelsea’s emergence as a force in the Premier League during the early part of the new century, Carlo Cudicini retired from playing in 2014 after a brief spell playing in the United States with LA Galaxy. Read More..

Frank Leboeuf – Premier League Appearances: 144 | Goals Scored: 17

Former FranceChelsea defender and World Cup winner Frank Leboeuf finally retired from playing after two seasons in Qatar. Read More..

Celestine Babayaro – Premier League Appearances: 179 | Goals Scored: 5

Once the most expensive teenager in Chelsea’s club history, Celestine Babayaro had to call time on his career in July 2010 after unsuccessful trials with both Los Angeles Galaxy and also Portsmouth. Read More..

Dan Petrescu – Premier League Appearances: 215 | Goals Scored: 23

Former Chelseastar Dan Petrescu retired in 2003 after returning to his native Romania and immediately pursued a career as a coach. Read More..

John TerryPremier League Appearances: 492 | Goals Scored: 41

Chelsea’s legendary defender and former captain John Terry finally hung up his boots in 2018 after spending a season playing in the Championship with Aston Villa. Read More..

Ashley Cole Premier League Appearances: 385 | Goals Scored: 15

One of the finest left-backs of his generation, former Arsenal and Chelsea defender Ashley Cole retired from playing after a brief spell in the Championship with Derby County. Read More..

William Gallas – Premier League Appearances: 321 | Goals Scored: 25

One of only a few players who have represented three top-flight London Premier League teams, William Gallas retired from playing professionally in 2014 after a season playing the Australian A-League for Perth Glory. Read More..

Albert Ferrer – Premier League Appearances: 76 | Goals Scored: 0

Part of the foreign invasion of world class footballers who joined Premier League teams in the late nineties, Albert Ferrer called time on his career in 2003 at the age of 33. Read More..

Ruud Gullit – Premier League Appearances: 49 | Goals Scored: 4

After a distinguished career across Europe where he won the European Cup twice and titles in Holland and Italy, Ruud Gullit decided to end his playing days in London with Chelsea in 1995. Read More..

Deco – Premier League Appearances: 31 | Goals Scored: 5

One of the few players in world football to have won the Champions League with two different clubs, the classy midfielder Deco retired in 2013 after failing to recover from a hamstring injury whilst playing for Brazilian side Fluminese. Read More..

Gavin Peacock – Premier League Appearances: 108 | Goals Scored: 17

After a career spanning 18 years with 600 games under his belt, Gavin Peacock retired from playing in 2002 after a second spell at Queens Park Rangers. Read More..

Didier Deschamps – Premier League Appearances: 21 | Goals Scored: 0

Chelsea’s legendary French midfielder Didier Deschamps retired from playing at the end of the 2001-2002 season after a season playing in Spain for Valencia. Read More..

Graeme Le Saux – Premier League Appearances: 327 | Goals Scored: 12

After two spells at Chelsea and a Premier League winners medal with Blackburn Rovers, Graeme Le Saux finished his playing career at Southampton in 2005 when they were relegated to the Championship. Read More..

Frank Sinclair – Premier League Appearances: 288 | Goals Scored: 8

After spending a large part of his career in the Premier League with Chelsea and Leicester City, Frank Sinclair eventually moved down the leagues ending up with non league side Colwyn Bay in 2012. Read More..

Mario Melchiot – Premier League Appearances: 284 | Goals Scored: 6

A huge fan’s favourite at both Chelsea and Wigan Athletic, Mario Melchiot finally retired from playing in 2010 after a spell in Qatar with Umm Salal. Read More..

Roberto Di Matteo – Premier League Appearances: 119 | Goals Scored: 15

Roberto Di Matteo’s fantastic playing career ended abruptly at the age of 31 after a triple leg fracture sustained playing for Chelsea in Zurich in 2000. Read More..

Geremi– Premier League Appearances: 147 | Goals Scored: 12

A versatile player renowned for his power and combative style, Geremi retired from playing professionally in 2011 after a short period playing for Greek Superleague side AE Larissa. Read More..

Paul Furlong – Premier League Appearances: 64 | Goals Scored: 13

An important part of the Chelsea team that reached the UEFA Cup semi-finals in 1994, Paul Furlong retired from playing in 2012 at the age of 43 after a spell as player/coach at St Albans City. Read More..

Glenn Hoddle – Premier League Appearances: 31 | Goals Scored: 1

A modern legend within the game and one of the most gifted players of his generation, Glenn Hoddle retired from playing in 1995 after two seasons spent at Chelsea in a player-manager capacity. Read More..

Frank Lampard – Premier League Appearances: 609 | Goals Scored: 177

A Premier League legend and Chelsea’s all-time top goalscorer, Frank Lampard retired from playing in February 2017 after a season playing in the United States with MLS side New York City. Read More..

Joe ColePremier League Appearances: 378 | Goals Scored: 46

A technically gifted and versatile midfielder, Joe Cole retired from playing in November 2018 after spending two seasons in the United States with the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Read More..

Mark Hughes – Premier League Appearances: 297 | Goals Scored: 64

Mark Hughes retired from playing in 2002 at the age of 39 having already taken his first steps into management as the Wales national manager in 1999. Read More..

Tore Andre Flo – Premier League Appearances: 141 | Goals Scored: 38

An integral part of Chelsea’s strikeforce in the late 1990’s, Tore Andre Flo retired from the game in 2012 whilst playing back in Norway with Sogndal at the age of 38. Read More..

Gianluca Vialli – Premier League Appearances: 58 | Goals Scored: 21

A legend of the modern game, Gianluca Vialli retired from playing in 2000 whilst in a player-manager role at Chelsea. Read More..

Michael Duberry – Premier League Appearances: 161 | Goals Scored: 5

A 20 year football career came to an end in 2013 when Michael Duberry finally retired from playing after a short spell with non league side Hendon. Read More..

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink – Premier League Appearances: 288 | Goals Scored: 127

After retiring from playing in 2008 after a successful Premier League career with Chelseaand Middlesbrough, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink made a move into coaching. Read More..

Michael Ballack – Premier League Appearances: 105 | Goals Scored: 17

Considered by many as one of the greatest players in the modern game, Michael Ballack retired from playing in 2012 after a two year spell at former club Bayer Leverkeusen. Read More..

Marcel Desailly – Premier League Appearances: 158 | Goals Scored: 6

Having won nearly every major team honour in the game including the World Cup and the European Championships with France, Marcel Desailly finally ended his illustrious career in Qatar in 2006. Read More..

Jody Morris – Premier League Appearances: 136 | Goals Scored: 5

A former Chelsea youth academy graduate, Jody Morris retired from playing in 2013 after a brief spell playing for Bristol City. Read More..

Paulo Ferreira – Premier League Appearances: 141 | Goals Scored: 0

Paulo Ferreira called time on a glittering career at the end of the 2012-13 season after nine seasons with Chelsea with whom he won the Premier League on three occasions. Read More..

Gus Poyet – Premier League Appearances: 187 | Goals Scored: 54

Gus Poyet retired from playing in 2006 and moved into coaching as assistant manager at Swindon Town alongside Dennis Wise. Read More..

Gianfranco Zola – Premier League Appearances: 229 | Goals Scored: 59

Voted Chelsea’s greatest ever player, Gianfranco Zola finally called time on his fantastic career at his home club Cagliari when he retired from playing in 2005. Read More..

Steve Clarke – Premier League Appearances: 167 | Goals Scored: 1

After a distinguished career at Chelsea where he made over 400 appearances, Steve Clarke finally retired from playing in 1998. Read More..

Emmanuel Petit – Premier League Appearances: 140 | Goals Scored: 11

After an illustrious Premier League career with Arsenal and Chelsea, Emmanuel Petit retired in 2005 after he found out he required a knee operation and would probably never regain full fitness. Read More..

Dennis Wise – Premier League Appearances: 278 | Goals Scored: 34

After a long, successful career spanning 20 years, Chelsea legend Dennis Wise played his last competitive game whilst at Coventry City in 2006. Read More..

Claude Makelele – Premier League Appearances: 144 | Goals Scored: 2

Claude Makelele, with his massive haul of medals finally retired at the end of the 2010-11 season after a time back in France playing for Paris St Germain. Read More..

Wayne Bridge – Premier League Appearances: 315 | Goals Scored: 3

Arguably one of the best left backs in the Premier League from 2000 to 2005, Wayne Bridge retired from football in 2014 after being released by Reading. Read More..

Jesper Gronkjaer – Premier League Appearances: 104 | Goals Scored: 7

A pacy winger during his time in the Premier League with Chelsea, Jesper Gronkjaer will always be remembered by their fans as scorer of the ‘billion pound goal’ – the goal that secured Champions League qualification and ultimately led to Roman Abramovich purchasing the club.

Gronkjaer retired from playing in 2011 after five seasons back in his native Denmark with FC Copenhagen. Read More..

Damien Duff – Premier League Appearances: 392 | Goals Scored: 54

The bane of many a right-back during his time in the Premier League, Damien Duff retired from playing in 2016 at the age of 37 after a spell back in his native Ireland with Shamrock Rovers. Read More..

Nicolas AnelkaPremier League Appearances: 364 | Goals Scored: 125

Often controversial, but a Premier League legend nonetheless, Nicolas Anelka retired from playing in 2015 after two seasons playing for Mumbai City who play in the Indian Super League. Read More..

Didier DrogbaPremier League Appearances: 309 | Goals Scored: 124

Legendary Chelsea striker Didier Drogba called time on his career in 2018 at the age of 40 after spending a season in the United States with Phoenix Rising. Read More..

Eidur Gudjohnsen Premier League Appearances: 211 | Goals Scored: 55

Arguably one of the greatest footballers to come out of Iceland, Eidur Gudjohnsen retired from playing in 2017 after spending a year without a club after he was released by Norwegian side Molde. Read More..

Mikael ForssellPremier League Appearances: 126 | Goals Scored: 34

One of the few Finnish players to have plyed their trade in the Premier League, Mikael Forsssell retired from playing in 2018 after a season with IFK Helsingfors. Read More..

Premier League Statistics

This table shows the players who have made the most appearances and who has scored the most goals for the club in the EPL

(info correct as of 03/01/20).

Top EPL GoalscorersGoalsMost EPL AppearancesGames
Frank Lampard147John Terry492
Didier Drogba104Frank Lampard429
Eden Hazard85Petr Cech333
JF Hasselbaink69Dennis Wise261
Gianfranco Zola59Branislav Ivanovic261
Eidur Gudjohnsen54Didier Drogba254
Diego Costa52John Obi Mikel249
Nicolas Anelka48Eden Hazard245
John Terry41Cesar Azpilicueta235
John Spencer36Gianfranco Zola229

Statistics provided by Statbunker