Chelsea Football Club has become a domestic and European powerhouse in recent decades. The Blues, throughout their history, have had some highly prolific goalscorers, players who have scored the goals not just to win games but also major silverware.
Here are Chelsea’s top-ten goalscorers of all time:
Frank Lampard (211 goals in 648)
The attacking midfielder made a name for himself as a player who got into the box and scored vital goals for the Blues for 13 seasons, finding the net 201 times in 648 appearances in all competitions. He is a true modern-day Chelsea legend.
The highlights of the England international’s career were winning three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and a Champions League in 2012.
On an individual basis, Lampard picked up numerous individual awards, including winning both the FWA Player of the Year and PFA Player of the Year awards in 2005. He was also named in the Premier League team of the season on three occasions in 2005, 2009 and 2010.
Bobby Tambling (202 goals in 370 appearances)
Tambling is another club legend whose 202 goals were enough to keep the striker top of the Blues’ scoring charts for 47 years before Lampard bettered his record. Tambling played for Chelsea between 1959-70 and is still Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer in the English top flight with 164 goals.
Unfortunately for Tambling, the only silverware of his Chelsea career came in the form of a League Cup won in 1965, with the forward scoring one of the goals in a two-legged 3-2 victory over Leicester.
Tambling’s Chelsea made it to the 1967 FA Cup final, only to suffer a 2-1 defeat against Tottenham, although the forward did score the Blues’ only goal.
The striker finished top goalscorer under Tommy Docherty as Chelsea won promotion from the Second Division. The forward also finished as the First Division’s leading goalscorer the following season.
Kerry Dixon (193 goals in 420 appearances)
Dixon played for the Blues for eight seasons between 1983 and 1992. During his Chelsea career, he won the Second Division title on two occasions, scoring 28 and 25, respectively, with the latter being the most prolific season of his time at Chelsea.
The forward’s goal tally of 24 goals in his debut campaign in season 1984/85 saw him finish as the First Division’s top goalscorer alongside Gary Lineker.
As well as being Chelsea’s third-highest all-time goalscorer, Dixon also lies ten on the list of the Blues’ highest-ever appearance makers.
Didier Drogba (164 goals in 381 appearances)
In his two stints at Chelsea, Drogba arguably established himself as one of the club’s most influential players in some of the Blues’ greatest moments. The Ivorian helped the team from south west London to win four Premier League titles, four FA Cups and maybe most notably, the Champions League in season 2011/12.
On an individual basis, Drogba won the Chelsea Players’ Player of the Year in 2007 and also the Chelsea Player of the Year in 2010. He also got into the Premier League Team of the Season in 2006/07 and 2009/10 while winning the top-flight Golden Boot in 2006–07 and 2009–10.
Drogba is the Blues’ record-ever European scorer, having scored 36 goals in all European competitions.
Roy Bentley (150 goals in 367 appearances)
Bentley has a prominent place in the history of Chelsea, as the striker captained the Blues to their first-ever English title in season 54/55, having scored 22 goals in 41 appearances. The campaign was the most prolific season of Bentley’s ten-year Chelsea career.
The forward also made 12 appearances for England, scoring nine goals in his international career, appearing at the 1950 World Cup with the Three Lions.
Peter Osgood (150 goals in 380 appearances)
Still revered at the club, Osgood, who has a statue outside Stamford Bridge due to his performances with the Blues. The forward was part of the Chelsea team that won the FA Cup in 1970, when beating Leeds United 2-1 after a replay, with Osgood getting on the scoresheet.
The forward was also part of the Chelsea team that won the European Cup Winners’ Cup in season 1970/71, winning 2-1 against Spanish giants Real Madrid in a replay after the first game finished 1-1. Osgood also scored in the League Cup final the following season, only to suffer a 2-1 defeat against Stoke City.
Jimmy Greaves (132 goals in 169 appearances)
The England international was prolific for the Blues before becoming a Tottenham Hotspur legend. In just four seasons with the south west London club, Greaves scored an incredible 132 goals.
In his last season in 1960/61, Greaves finished as the First Division’s top goalscorer with 41 goals in 40 appearances. He joined Italian giants Milan the following summer.
Greaves is still the top-scoring player ever in the English top flight, having scored 357 goals in 516 First Division appearances.
George Mills (125 goals in 239 appearances)
Mills spent his entire club career with the Blues, playing for the club between 1929-1943. The Torquay-born forward was highly prolific during his time with Chelsea. He was the first-ever Chelsea player to score 100 league goals and is one of only five players ever to score a century of goals in the First Division for the Blues.
Mills also made three appearances for England, scoring the same number of goals for his national team.
Eden Hazard (110 goals in 352 appearances)
The Belgian international dazzled for Chelsea from 2012 to 2019. Hazard’s goals helped Chelsea to the Premier League title in seasons 2014–15 and 2016–17, as well as the FA Cup in 2018.
Hazard was relatively prolific from mainly playing in a wide role. His most prolific seasons came in 2016/17 and 2018/19, when he scored 16 goals in each league campaign.
As an individual, Hazard won the FWA Footballer of the Year in 2014–15, the PFA Players’ Player of the Year in 2014–15 and also the PFA Fans’ Player of the Year in 2018–19, amongst other accolades.
George Hilsdon (108 goals in 164 appearances)
The forward started his playing career at West Ham before moving to Chelsea in 1906. Hilsdon scored 27 goals to help the Blues to win promotion to the First Division in only their second season as a professional club.
Hilsdon became the first-ever Chelsea player to score a hundred goals in their history. The forward also had an incredible record at international level, scoring 14 times in just eight appearances for England.