Given that the reign of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich appears to be drawing to a close, it seemed appropriate to look back on the ten best signings made by the club’s wealthy Russian owner during his time at the club.
When Abramovich purchased Chelsea in 2003, he quickly transformed the club into a major power in the transfer market, and he has continued to do so with a slew of high-profile buys and managerial appointments throughout the course of his nearly two decades at Stamford Bridge.
Here is our attempt to list Abramovich’s ten most important signings for the Blues, despite the fact that numerous excellent players nearly missed the cut…
Arjen Robben is the tenth player on the list.
When Arjen Robben joined Chelsea in 2004/05, he was one of the first major statement signings of the Abramovich era. He brought world class flair and goal-scoring ability to the Blues’ attack, providing them with the much-needed X-factor as they won their first Premier League title in their history. Although Jose Mourinho’s team could be a touch too functional and defensive-minded at times, Robben was a joy to watch and scored several spectacular solo goals. However, regardless of whether or not he ended up enjoying his prime years elsewhere, he still deserves a place in the current history of Chelsea FC.
9) Ricardo Carvalho (Portugal)
Ricardo Carvalho is one of the best defenders to have ever represented Chelsea during the Abramovich period, and he is right up there with the best. Although the Portuguese centre-back was not quite in the same mould as the former Chelsea captain, he forged an excellent partnership with him and helped them to become the meanest back line in Premier League history, conceding only 15 goals in their title-winning season of 2004/05.
Jorginho may not be flashiest on the ball, nor is he the kind to make smashing tackles in order to defend his defense, but anyone who has played with him understands his great quality.” It is likely that the Italy international will be remembered for his audacious penalty kicks, as he has been a part of some extremely successful CFC teams.
Braslav Ivanovic is the seventh player on the list.
Branislav Ivanovic may not have been the most well-known player when he arrived at Stamford Bridge, but he departed the club as a legend. In addition to being a rock-solid defender at right-back, the Serbian international has the ability to get forward and score lots of goals, including one or two in some very critical games, most notably his late winner in the 2013 Europa League final.
César Azpilicueta (no. 6) is an American football player.
Ivanovic was another Abramovich-signed player who didn’t immediately stand out, but Cesar Azpilicueta has emerged as a key player for Chelsea under the Russian tycoon. As a Chelsea player, the versatile Spaniard has excelled in practically every position he has been asked to play in while also displaying outstanding leadership. He is a genuine fan favorite who will be sorely missed when his contract expires at the conclusion of the season this summer.