Right Back: Paulo Ferreira- 2004-2013
Paulo Ferreira was a mainstay in Chelsea’s defence after signing for the club in 2004. He was one of the signings made in the Roman Abramovich era. Ferreira played for the club for nine years and won every major trophy while at the club.
Ferriera played under Jose Mourinho at Porto, prior to moving to Chelsea, where he won.the Champions League in 2004 for Porto.
When Mourinho was appointed coach at Chelsea following that remarkable Champions League win by Porto, he quickly signed Ferriera for the Blues for £13m.
While he was in and out of the side for the latter part of his career, he made 214 total appearances for Chelsea.
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He remarkably only scored two goals in his entire career at the club but don’t let that affect your view on him. The Portuguese international was one of Chelsea’s most consistent defenders throughout his career with Mourinho describing him as “a player who will never be ‘Man of the match’ but will always score 7/10 for his individual display”.
While he wasn’t the best defender ever, and he didn’t score many goals, he was always an attacking threat marauding down the wing putting in crosses. Ferriera makes my list because he was such a loyal player and spent nine of the clubs most successful years there.
He won 10 major trophies at the club including three Premier League titles, The Community Shield, four Fa Cup wins, two League cup trophies, the UEFA Champions League, and the Europa league.
Ferreira now works for Chelsea as an ambassador and assistant loan player technical coach continuing the trend of many ex-Chelsea players who come back to the club after they retire.