Achieving legendary status at a club is an honour bestowed on few players, ordinarily requiring a long and successful tenure in which they capture the imagination of the team’s faithful. While Chelsea’s roll of honours is full of more recognisable names, there are two players who stand out when it comes to having legendary status at Chelsea but who were admittedly mainly used as squad rotation players.
The former Portugal international was one of the players that followed Jose Mourinho from FC Porto to Chelsea in 2004 after the self-proclaimed “Special One” started his first stint with the Blues. Ferreira went on to spend nine years at Chelsea as mainly a squad rotation player. Ferriera served as cover for players including Juliano Belletti, Michael Essien, Jose Bosingwa, Ashley Cole, and Branislav Ivanovic during his time with Chelsea. In retirement, Ferreira serves as trade as loan player technical coach at Stamford Bridge, and he could even be an outsider to take the Blues hot seat one day; calculate your bet on bonuscodebets.co.uk to work out the next manager odds.
The former full-back was a regular during his first season with the West London club as he went on to play 29 Premier League games during the 2004/05 season which the Blues won. Ferreira helped the Blues to win three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, one Champions League and one Europa League. Indeed, despite not being one of the most memorable stars, he is one of the most decorated Blues players in history.
Cudicini was perhaps one of the most unlucky players in Europe during the mid-2000s. The Italian was Chelsea’s undisputed number one goalkeeper between 2000-2004 and what many people forget is that he was actually Chelsea’s Player of the Year in 2002. However, Cudicini went on to spend the last five years of his stint with Chelsea as the club’s second-choice goalkeeper after Petr Cech joined the club in 2004.
Cech went on to establish himself as one of the greatest Premier League goalkeepers in history and Cudicini never really threatened the legendary goalkeeper’s position. Not only was Cudicini unlucky at club level but he also had bad luck at international level. After turning out for Italy in U-18 and U-21 football, he never made a single appearance for the senior Italy team. Had Gianluigi Buffon maintained a stronghold of the Italian first-choice goalkeeping position for nearly two decades, Cudicini may have played international football as well.