Chelsea Football Club, one of the most successful clubs in English football, has had its fair share of talented players from around the world. Nigeria, a country known for producing top footballing talents, has also contributed to the success of Chelsea FC.
In the history of the Club, several Nigerian players have made their mark and contributed to the success of the team.
In this article, we will take a look at some of the Nigerian players who have donned the famous blue jersey of Chelsea.
John Obi Mikel
One of the most prominent Nigerian footballers to play for Chelsea in the Abramovich era was John Obi Mikel. The former Super Eagles captain spent an impressive 11 seasons at the club, leaving a lasting legacy.
Mikel’s journey with Chelsea began in the 2006/07 season after a controversial and well-publicized tussle with Manchester United. Despite the drama surrounding his transfer, Mikel quickly proved his worth on the pitch. He showcased his exceptional skills as a midfielder and became an integral part of the team.
During his time at Chelsea, Mikel played a total of 372 matches and scored 6 goals. His defensive prowess and ability to control the midfield earned him a place in the hearts of Chelsea fans. Mikel’s contributions were crucial in the team’s success, including winning the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, and the UEFA Champions League.
Aside from Mikel, there have been other Nigerian players who have featured for Chelsea. Let’s take a look at some of them:
Ola Aina, a versatile defender, joined Chelsea FC on July 1, 2016.
He spent two seasons with the club’s U21 team before moving to Torino FC. During his time at Chelsea, Aina made 6 appearances.
Victor Moses, a skillful midfielder, played for Chelsea FC from August 24, 2012, to September 2, 2013.
He joined the club from Wigan Athletic and later moved to Liverpool FC. Moses made a total of 128 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 18 goals.
Kenneth Omeruo, a talented defender, was with Chelsea FC from January 8, 2012, to January 7, 2014.
He initially played for the club’s U19 team before going on loan to Middlesbrough FC. Unfortunately, Omeruo did not make any first-team appearances for Chelsea during his time at the club.
Celestine Babayaro, a talented defender, played for Chelsea FC from June 20, 1997, to January 1, 2005.
He joined the club from RSC Anderlecht and later moved to Newcastle United. Babayaro made 197 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 8 goals.
These Nigerian players have left a lasting impact on Chelsea and have represented their country with pride. They have showcased their skills and contributed to the success of the team during their time at Stamford Bridge. Their contributions to the club’s success will always be remembered by fans around the world.
This article was updated 4 weeks ago