Chelsea highest goal scorers of all times

Chelsea has produced some of the most glamorous players in football history. Though Chelsea does not quite boast of a glorious past, the takeover by Russian billionaire businessman, Roman Abramovich in 2003 caused a dramatic turn. They were able to attract the best talents in Europe and the entire continent. The list of Chelsea highest goal scorers follows:

Chelsea highest goal scorers

Frank Lampard

One of the best players to ever grace the Stamford Bridge. The talented attacking midfielder signed for Chelsea from London local rival, West Ham for £11 million in June 2011. He debuted on 9 August 2011 in a 1-1 draw against Newcastle and from there, he became a mainstay in the Chelsea team. In 2003/2004, he was in the PFA Team of the Year. In the 2004/2005 season, he scored both goals in a 2-0 win over Bolton Wanderers handling Chelsea their first-ever league title. The next season, they defended the trophy.

By 2005, he was the Player of the Year in the English League. In September 2005, he was in the FIFA World XI and runner up for both Ballon d’Or and FIFA Player of the Year to Ronaldinho. He holds the record for consecutive Premier League appearances at 164. He also scored a career-high 16 goals for Chelsea in the 2005/06 season.

From the 2003/04 season in his Chelsea career, Lampard scored at least 10 goals in the Premier League every season. The 2009/10 season will prove to be his best in terms of goal output, hitting 22 Premier League goals.

Lampard spent 13 years at Chelsea from 2001 to 2014 in a trophy-laden career scoring 211 goals in 648 appearances.177 of his career goals came in the Premier League. He is Chelsea’s second-highest goalscorer in the Champions League with 23 goals. He won three Premier League titles, one Champions League, one Europa League title, and four FA Cups.

He later signed for New York City FC when he was released by Chelsea in July 2014. He signed a 2-year contract. While still at New York City FC, he joined Manchester City on a 6-month loan. He scored against Chelsea on his return but refused to celebrate.

The 41-year old later became Chelsea coach in July 2009 after a successful one-year stint in Derby County. He narrowly brought them back to the English top-flight only losing in the play-offs to Aston Villa. He replaced the much-maligned Maurizio Sarri, who departed to Juventus.

Bobby Tambling

Bobby Tambling remained Chelsea’s highest goal scorer until 2013 when Lampard broke his record. However, his record of 202 goals in his Chelsea career stood for over 40 years. He is still Chelsea’s highest goal scorer in league competition with 164 goals.

He debuted for Chelsea as a 17-year old in 1959. In 1962, he would lead Chelsea back to promotion from relegation as a captain scoring 37 goals. He scored at least 10 goals per season from 1961 to 1969.

Unfortunately for Tambling, his goal prowess was not enough to bring trophies. Chelsea was meddling in mediocrity at the peak of his power. He was only able to secure the League Cup in his Chelsea career after beating Leicester in 1965.

He will later play for Crystal Palace. When Chelsea celebrated the club centenary in 2005, he was selected in the greatest XI.

Kerry Dixon

Dixon, a tall and athletic forward, joined Chelsea from Reading in 1983. He was blessed with pace and strong aerial threat. He will go on to score 193 goals for Chelsea in his nine-year career at Chelsea.

His impact at Chelsea was immediate. His goals guaranteed Chelsea promotion to the top division after finishing the season as Second Division champions. He scored 34 goal during the course of the season winning the Golden Boot.

In the first season in the First Division, he scored 36 goals with 24 goals coming in the league. He was the joint top scorer alongside Gary Lineker. Kerry scored a record 70 goals in just 101 games for Chelsea.

Injury followed in 1986 and so was his loss of form. Chelsea was struggling this period with players and management clashing. Eventually, the team was relegated in 1988. This sparked a return to form for Kerry, hitting 25 goals as Chelsea returned to the First Division as champions of the Second Division.

He spent two more seasons at Chelsea scoring regularly. But the team were mediocre and did not achieve much. He left for Southampton in 1992 bringing an end to a career that yielded two Second Division titles.

Didier Drogba

Didier Drogba is arguably one of the best players to wear the Chelsea jersey. Signed from Marseille for £24 million in 2004, Jose Mourinho molded him into one of the most fearsome strikers in Europe. His two spells at Chelsea yielded 164 goals in 381 appearances. He scored 104 goals in the Premier League grabbing the Golden Boot twice. He is Chelsea’s highest goal-scoring foreigner.

He won four Premier League titles, three FA Cups, and the Champions League. He will be fondly remembered for his heroics in the 2012 Champions League against Bayern Munich. He scored the equalizer late in the second half heading in Juan Mata’s corner. The winning penalty after extra-time was dispatched by him. Drogba remains Chelsea’s highest goal scorer in the Champions League with 36 goals.

Drogba is also a national hero, captain and all-time highest goal scorer for his country. Also, he is two-time Africa Footballer of the Year.

In 2020, he was presented with the 2020 UEFA President’s Award during the Champions League draw.

Roy Bentley

Roy Bentley spent eight years in Chelsea. He signed in 1948 and scored 150 goals in 367 matches making him the fifth joint highest goal scorer alongside Peter Osgood. He was signed to Chelsea from Newcastle for £11,000.

He had a difficult start to life at Chelsea but soon picked his form. However, on the international scene, it was more of a disappointment for him, earning only 12 caps.

He captained and inspired Chelsea to the First Division trophy in 1954/1955 season. The coach then, Ted Drake introduced an exciting football to the team. He was transferred to Fulham in 1956 drawing a curtain to his fruitful Chelsea career.

After his playing career, he managed Reading and Swansea City. Roy died in 2018 at the age of 93.

Peter Osgood

Peter Osgood is the joint fifth highest goal scorer in Chelsea with 150 goals in 380 appearances. He played for Chelsea in the 1960s and 1970s. He was so good at scoring that he got the nickname “the Wizard of Os”.

In the 1970 FA Cup win, he scored in every round of fixture to the final. He scored eight goals in a single match against Jeunesse Hautcharag in the Cup Winner’s Cup in 1971. He was part of a Chelsea side that won the European Cup Winner’s Cup after beating Real Madrid in 1971.

He died of a heart attack in 2006 at a family funeral aged 59 years. Due to his status at Chelsea, a statue was erected in his honor in front of Stamford Bridge in 2010. He is the only Chelsea player to have a statue in front of Stamford Bridge.

Other Mentions:

Jimmy Greaves 132
George Mills 125
Eden Hazard 110
George Hilsdon 108

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