One of three signings from Portugal in the summer of 2004, Paulo Ferreira enjoyed a memorable nine-year stay at Stamford Bridge during which time he won every major trophy at club level.
A dependable full-back, Ferreira was a regular in the defence which kept 25 Premier League clean sheets in 2004/05 and conceded just 15 goals on our way to a first league title in 50 years.
Injury ruled him out for the tail-end of that campaign but he was back in the team and back at his best the following season, one which included a first Chelsea goal, against Colchester in the FA Cup. His other strike was a dramatic extra-time equaliser in a League Cup quarter-final at Ewood Park.
We won the league again in 2006 and a year later Ferreira played a pivotal role in shackling compatriot Ronaldo in the first FA Cup final contested at the new Wembley. The day ended with the defender completing his domestic English medal set to add to the impressive haul he picked up while at Porto.
Though never a regular from then until his retirement in 2013, Ferreira continued to make important contributions, such as during our run to the Double in 2010 and in a Champions League quarter-final tie away to Benfica in 2012. He picked up his second winners’ medal in that competition that year and 12 months later won the Europa League, too.
In total, Ferreira made 167+50 appearances for Chelsea, winning 10 major honours. After his final game on the last day of the 2012/13 season, the Stamford Bridge faithful showed their appreciation to Ferreira for nine years of loyal and committed service after he thanked them for their continued support.
Since hanging up his boots, Ferreira has returned to Chelsea and now works as a technical coach to our loan players.