Ranking of the 5 greatest French players in Chelsea history
Chelsea have had many world class players over the years and many top French players have joined the West London club in the Premier League. With France being a dominant team in world football, many French people have played in the Premier League, with several of them registered with Chelsea over the years.
If Chelsea do eventually strike a deal with Sevilla star Jules Kounde, who has a strong connection to the club, this trend will continue.
Many great French players have played for Chelsea
Many of France’s greatest players have played key roles in Chelsea’s transition from athletes in the Ken Bates era to champions in the Roman Abrahimovich era. Players like Marcel Desailly, Claude Makelele, Nicolas Anelka and William Gallas have won numerous honors during their time at the club.
While some of these players are on our roster, William Gallas has been left out due to the nature of his departure from the club.
Here are five of the best French players who practiced their profession at Stamford Bridge:
# 5 Florent Malouda
Florent Malouda arrived at Chelsea from Lyon in 2007 and was exactly the type of experienced and proven player Jose Mourinho was eager to have by his side.
Unfortunately for him, Mourinho left shortly after Malouda’s arrival and the Frenchman was used in a partial role for two seasons. However, Malouda cemented his place in the squad in 2009-10 with 33 appearances and 12 goals.
Mostly a left midfielder or striker, he played in the top three and in deeper midfielder roles during his time at Chelsea. He has won several accolades at the club, including three FA Cups, the Champions League and the Premier League title.
Malouda was also voted player of the year for his performances during the 2009-10 season.
Malouda left Chelsea under bitter circumstances. He was put on the transfer list in 2012 but refused to sign for a side that would pay him less than he earned at Chelsea.
As such, he was banned from the U21 squad in his final year and has not made an appearance this season. He then joined the Turkish side of Trabzonspor on a free transfer the following summer.
Regardless of how it ended for him at Chelsea, Malouda enjoyed the peak of his career at Stamford Bridge and his contributions are always fondly remembered.
# 4 Frank Leboeuf
Frank Leboeuf joined Chelsea from Strasbourg in 1996 and spent five seasons at the club.
During his time at Chelsea, he won two FA Cups, a League Cup and a Cup Winners’ Cup. The Frenchman was also part of the squad that came close to winning the Premier League title in 1999.
Lebouef, a cultivated defender with excellent technique, was also a prolific shooter and scored 17 shots on goal for the Blues. He has also managed to score several long-term goals in his 204 appearances for the club.
Lebouef was also part of the 1998 World Cup winning French squad, becoming only the second player after Peter Bonetti to win the World Cup at Chelsea.
The defender left Chelsea in 2001 and spent periods at Marseille, Al-Sadd SC and Hollywood United before finally retiring in 2007.
He went on to become an actor and starred in several Hollywood films, including the Oscar nominated film, The Theory of Everything.