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🇧🇷 The Samba magic: Best Brazilian stars to ever play for Chelsea

🇧🇷 The Samba magic: Best Brazilian stars to ever play for Chelsea

Chelsea have had more Brazilians than any other Premier League club in the competition's history.

Currently, only Willian remains, following David Luiz's departure last season, choosing to head to London rivals Arsenal. 

The first Brazilian to feature for the London club was Emerson Thome, who was signed in 1999 following a successful spell at Sheffield Wednesday.

Ever since, a number of stalwarts have joined the club, including the likes of Luiz, Oscar, Alex, Pato, Felipe Luis, and Ramires. 

In total, the Blues have had 12 Brazilians in their ranks, with a good number proving to be brilliant signings. 

So, where do they rank? who are the top Brazilians to wear the blue jersey?

1. David Luiz

The club's cult hero had two stints at the club, both hugely successful, having arrived in 2011 from Benfica.

He won the Champions League, Europa League, and the FA Cup in his first spell before he was sold to PSG in what was a world fee record for a defender back then. 

He returned to Stamford Bridge in 2016 under Antonio Conte, where he became a mainstay in the Italian's favored three-man defense. 

The defender then picked a second Europa League crown and another FA Cup during the second period, before eventually moving to Arsenal. 

Will he return to Chelsea for the third time?

2. Willian

The winger ranks up there alongside Luiz as the club's most successful Brazilian. He has won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup, and a Europa League in the seven years he has been with the Blues. 

He was memorably snatched by Jose Mourinho from Tottenham Hotspur, where he had undergone medicals.

The current number 10 has also enjoyed some memorable moments, scoring some worldies which have made him a darling to many of the club's fans. 

His contract runs out at the end of the current campaign and there's still uncertainty over his future.

3. Ramires

Ramires was fondly referred to as the Blue Kenyan, thanks to his ability to tirelessly run and cover ground without dropping a sweat. 

The midfielder was known for his tough-tackling and enough gas to run from box-to-box, literally, for 90 minutes.

Many of the club's fans will always remember him for that goal at Camp Nou that saw them beat Barcelona on their way to the Champions League title. 

He won all major trophies with the Blues and will always remain one of the best Brazilian exports to the Premier League.

4. Oscar dos Santos Emboaba

He was regarded as the future of Brazil when Chelsea signed him in 2011 and he announced his arrival on the grand stage with two top-drawer goals against Juventus in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge. 

He went on to win the Europa League title, two Premier Leagues, and two FA Cups but never stayed at the top for long.

He never hit the levels many thought he could and eventually moved to the Chinese Super League with  Shanghai SIP in 2017.

5. Luis Felipe

Felipe stayed at the Stamford Bridge for a single season (2014-15) but won the Premier League and the League Cup.

He chose to return to Atlético Madrid a year later, where he won the Europa League and Super Cup in his second spell. 

Other Brazilians who featured for Chelsea

  • Juliano Belletti
  • Emerson Thome
  • Alex
  • Mineiro
  • Lucas Piazon
  • Kenedy
  • Pato
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