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A number of players have come and gone at Chelsea, and truly we’ve seen a lot of big names and good players too at the club. For some reasons, some of them made it and some didn’t.
It would interest you to note that there might be some players you’ve forgotten who featured for the club not too long ago.
The Israeli featured for three top Premier League clubs – Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal. After excelling at West Ham, Benayoun moved to Liverpool under controversial circumstances. He spent three years in Liverpool and did well with the Reds, before sealing a move to Chelsea. Injury and a loss of form ruined Benayoun’s time at Chelsea, and the Blues never got to see the best of the Israeli.
Deco is a football legend and one of Portugal’s greatest players. Deco won the Champions League with Porto and Barcelona and was a top player with Barca. Deco won the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year at Porto and also the award for the best midfielder in the Champions League.
Deco won the UEFA Best Midfielder Award as a Barcelona player, which showed the level of class he had as a player.
After four years with Barcelona, Deco moved to Chelsea in 2008. Signed by Luiz Felipe Scolari, Deco scored on his Chelsea debut and his Premier League debut with a 30-yard goal in a 4–0 victory over Portsmouth. Deco followed up his performance by scoring in his second game for Chelsea, a curling free-kick against Wigan Athletic. These performances led to him winning the Premier League Player of the Month award for August.
Deco struggled as Chelsea began to struggle under Scolari before his sack. But the Brazilian-born Portuguese went on to play a key role in Carlo Ancelotti first season at the club in 2009–10, winning his first Premier League title and his successive FA Cup winners’ medal.
Deco left Chelsea after 2010.
After three years in Barcelona, Belletti signed up for Chelsea in 2007.
Belletti was a utility player for Chelsea, as he played as a right-back, right winger, defensive midfielder and centre midfielder. Chelsea fans will know him for his free-kick abilities and his long range shooting. He was eventually voted by Chelsea supporters as “Chelsea Goal of the Season” in 2007–08.
The Brazilian ended up leaving Chelsea in 2010.
Now 30, Alexandre Pato was a highly rated youngster with AC Milan. AC Milan paid €24 million to sign him from Internacional, where he was a highly rated teenager. Pato was billed to be the next big thing in football, but had bad luck with injuries.
Pato joined Chelsea on loan in 2016, and scored a goal from the penalty spot in just two appearances for the club.
Radamel Falcao was a beast while playing for Atletico Madrid. He was nicknamed ‘El Tigre’ while playing for the Spanish side, before a big money move to Monaco.
It’s so easy to forget that Falcao joined Manchester United and also Chelsea on loan. His time in the Premier League didn’t work out well and he ended up scoring only one goal for the Blues.
Sporting, Porto, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Chelsea – these are some of the top clubs Quaresma played for. It’s hard to wonder why the Portuguese never made it at the top for all the skills he had.
Quaresma was highly talented, but it seems he was more interested in showing off than playing football. He joined Chelsea on loan from Inter Milan in 2009. He ended up making 4 appearances for the Blues and it’s sometimes easy to forget that he ever played for the Blues.
Tal Ben Haim
Ben Haim excelled as a centre-back with Bolton before moving to Chelsea in 2007.
Upon signing for the Blues, Ben Haim said: “I am very happy to join one of the greatest clubs in the world. I needed a new challenge. I will play in any position Jose Mourinho wants me to play. I am looking forward to starting the new season with Champions League football.”
With John Terry and Ricardo Carvalho out injured, Ben Haim was getting regular game time beside Alex in central defence at the time. Mourinho was eventually dismissed that same season, and it didn’t work out well for the Israeli after he found himself behind Terry, Carvalho and Alex.
He slammed fellow Israeli and Chelsea’s interim boss Avram Grant for not playing him as he said: “If I knew Avram Grant was going to be the coach I would have signed for another club. It was Jose who brought me here and no one except he and I know the conversation we had when he tried to sign me the first time a year ago last January. The fact is while Jose was the coach I played most of the games and people who know me know that I would not have come here to be a reserve. I knew nothing good would come for me with Grant as Chelsea coach.”
He was eventually fined by the club for the statement and after 13 Premier League appearances, he moved to Manchester City. He lasted only one season at the club.
Which other top names do you think most Blues fans most have forgotten in recent years.