The big day is upon us! At Stamford Bridge this evening a collection of Chelsea greats are convening to take on their Bayern Munich counterparts in a Legends of Europe game played in tribute to the late Gianluca Vialli.

The contest is also celebrating our Champions League final victory against Bayern, with many members of that team involved today. If you aren’t heading down to the Bridge later you can watch the game live on the official Chelsea website and app, with full information here.

To whet the appetite for what promises to be a fantastic occasion, we have selected 10 of those former Blues who will be pulling on a Chelsea shirt again and picked out what we think is the single individual highlight from their time with us.

Of course, there is plenty to debate here and the list is by no means final, but hopefully it helps get you in the mood for the exciting evening ahead…

Gianfranco Zola

Let’s start with the Italian maestro – and probably the toughest decision! Zola’s Chelsea career was littered with memorable moments, but the one we think stands out above the rest is his winning goal in the 1998 Cup Winners’ Cup final.

Having only been named on the bench by player-manager Vialli because he was coming back from a groin injury, Zola had a point to prove when he entered the fray with 20 minutes remaining and the game goalless. He wasted no time in proving that point!

Just seconds after coming on, he raced clear from a Dennis Wise pass and thrashed a first-time finish into the roof of the net. It secured our second European trophy and sent the hordes of Blues fans in Stockholm wild.

John Terry

Our third-highest appearance maker, and our most decorated captain, countless iconic memories spring to mind when you think of JT’s Chelsea career.

However, it is hard to top the sight of Terry lifting our maiden Premier League title in 2004/05, half a century after our only previous English championship triumph.

JT led by example in his first season as skipper as the Blues broke numerous records, including fewest goals conceded in a campaign. To see an Academy graduate holding the famous trophy aloft on a glorious day at Stamford Bridge was very special indeed.

Petr Cech

These aren’t getting any easier! But as Didier Drogba regularly points out, he would never have had the chance to win the European Cup for Chelsea for the first time if it wasn’t for Cech’s heroics on that night in Munich.

The keeper saved two spot-kicks during the shoot-out which Drogba eventually decided, but it was actually during extra-time Cech made probably his most important contribution.

Drogba conceded a soft penalty and up stepped former Blue Arjen Robben, a team-mate of Cech’s at Stamford Bridge for three seasons.

The Czech guessed correctly, diving left to hold Robben’s penalty and keep the Blues’ European dream alive. It would very soon come true...


Surely no argument about this one! Not just Ramires’ best moment but one of Chelsea’s.

Down to 10 men and staring another heartbreaking European exit at the hands of Barcelona in the face, the Brazilian raced onto a superb Frank Lampard pass and, cool as you like, chipped the ball over Victor Valdes on the run.

The goal swung the tie back in our favour and, although 45 agonising minutes remained in which to hold on, the Blues got the job done, even scoring again through Fernando Torres.

But if it wasn’t for Ramires’ ingenuity, who knows how that night in the Nou Camp would have panned out…

Eidur Gudjohnsen

Like Terry, Gudjohnsen was an integral member of our first Premier League-winning side. And like Terry, the striker had been around before the Roman Abramovich revolution started in the summer of 2003.

It is from January of that year we have picked out his best individual moment in blue.

On a winter’s evening and with the Blues trailing at home to Leeds, Frank Lampard dug out a cross from the right. There looked nothing on for Gudjohnsen, but he arched his back and executed a perfect overhead kick that fizzed into the Matthew Harding Stand net. It was some goal.

Frank Leboeuf

A centre-back with an eye for the spectacular, Frank Leboeuf won several trophies at Stamford Bridge, but our pick for his best moment is a goal.

With a home game against Leicester set to end in stalemate as injury time approached, Leboeuf strode onto a pass and from 30 yards out smashed a first-time thunderbolt into the top right-hand corner.

It was a moment of brilliance from a maverick of a player.

Claude Makelele

It is fair to say Makelele was renowned for his outstanding contribution to the collective effort rather than individual moments of magic, but he picked quite the moment to score his first goal for the club!

It was the day we lifted the Premier League trophy against Charlton in 2005. The title was secured, and Stamford Bridge was in party mode. And when the Blues were given a – somewhat dubious – last-minute spot-kick, the excitement levels reached fever pitch as Maka collected the ball.

Everyone held their breath. His penalty was not a good one but, thankfully, the ball fell back into his path and he smuggled it over the line. Cue more wild celebrations!

Carlo Cudicini

Cudicini was voted the Chelsea Player of the Year for 2002 and much of that was down to his penalty-saving heroics that season.

He kept out three spot-kicks in all, but it was the middle one of those saves that endures the longest.

The league leaders Liverpool were in town and the Blues led 2-0 when Gary McAllister stepped up from 12 yards out.

A week after denying Kevin Phillips to earn the Blues a point at the Stadium of Light, Cudicini repeated the trick, diving low to his left and holding McAllister’s effort.

Chelsea went on to win 4-0, and Carlo’s status as a penalty-saving king was assured.

Gary Cahill

There were those heroic blocks in Munich and Amsterdam, and of course two league titles, but perhaps the moment that best epitomised Gary Cahill’s ascent to a Chelsea great came at Wembley in May 2018.

Cahill was by now Chelsea skipper and he put in a typically robust and error-free performance against Manchester United to help us earn a clean sheet and, with Eden Hazard’s penalty, the FA Cup, which he had the satisfaction of hoisting aloft.

It was the crowning moment of a Blues career full of wonderful highlights.

Michael Essien

There have been few more spectacular goals in Chelsea history than Michael Essien’s rocket against Barcelona in May 2009.

Meeting a looping ball on the full, the Ghanaian crashed a first-time volley into the Shed End net via the underside of the bar.

Alas, the Champions League semi-final tie ended in heartbreak, but that is to take nothing away from Essien’s jaw-dropping goal.

  • Today's match will be live streamed on the official Chelsea app and It will cost £5.99, with all proceeds split between the Chelsea Foundation and The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.