Chelsea legend named as most underrated footballer of all time

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Chelsea legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has been named as one of the most underrated footballers of all time, according to Football365.

“What strikes you first is the lack of any discernible weakness, followed by the surfeit of strengths,” Football365 said about Hasselbaink.

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“Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was as strong as an ox and as fast as a cheetah, with a leap like a salmon, the grace of a swan and the skill of whatever creature is imbued with an arse-tonne of skill. It made sense that he was quite a raw, animalistic striker.

“To finish as top scorer in seven consecutive seasons for five different clubs in three countries is silly. Hasselbaink registered double figures for goals in 11 campaigns, from 1995/96 with Campomaiorense to 2005/06 at Middlesbrough, helping the latter to a UEFA Cup final and Cardiff to the FA Cup final in his last year before retirement.

“Even at perhaps his lowest ebb, relegation with Atletico in 2000, he scored against Real Madrid and Barcelona and only missed out on the Pichichi by three goals.

“Hasselbaink is one of three players to win the Premier League Golden Boot with two different clubs, but curiously never seems to be mentioned in the same breath as Alan Shearer and Robin van Persie.”

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