There is an element of truth to the claim that the Premier League is a tougher league to shine in than the other leagues across Europe. There have been quite a few football legends who have not managed to emulate their world-class ability on a consistent basis in the Premier League as compared to the other leagues across the world.
The following are football legends who failed to sparkle in their time at Chelsea.
Weah who is regarded as the greatest African footballer of all time joined the Blues on loan in 2000 from AC Milan. To date, Weah who is currently the President of Liberia remains the only African to have won the Ballon d’Or award.
Weah was past his prime when he joined the Blues but managed to score the winner on debut against Tottenham Hotspur.
Though he scored three goals in 11 Premier League appearances for Chelsea, then manager Gianluca Vialli opted against making his contract permanent. Weah subsequently joined newly promoted Manchester City the following season.
The Ukraine football legend and 2004 Ballon D’or winner joined the Blues in 2006 following a successful spell with AC Milan which saw him win the Serie A and Champions League.
In three years at Chelsea, Shevchenko went on to net just 22 times in all competitions from 77 appearances. He showed flashes of brilliance but ultimately failed to find the type of consistency that is required of a player to lead the line for the Blues.
Juan Sebastian Veron
Prior to the emergence of Lionel Messi in the mid-2000s, the midfield anchorman Veron was arguably Argentina’s most feared player. Veron earned a high-profile move to Manchester United in 2001. After a failure to get going at United, Chelsea opted to give Veron a chance to prove himself in 2003. He scored just one goal from 14 appearances in all competitions, Veron went on to join Inter Milan and then Estudiantes on loan.