Chelsea are one of the greatest clubs in English football and they have played host to several quality players. Some of these players enjoyed their time at the club to the extent that they had to retire from football at the club.

Some of the best Chelsea players in recent times didn’t retire at the club. The likes of John Terry, Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard are in this category. We take a look at five players that retired at the club:

  1. Henrique Hilario – The Portuguese shot stopper retired from football at Chelsea in 2014. Henrique Hilario signed for Chelsea in 2006 but he rarely featured for the club in his eight years at Stamford Bridge.
  2. He was restricted to 20 appearances in his eight years at the club. His biggest contribution at Chelsea came on his debut in 2006 when he had to fill in for the injured duo of Petr Cech and Carlo Cudicini against Spanish giants Barcelona in the Champions League. He went on to keep a clean sheet in a 1-0 win.
  3. Paulo Ferreira – Chelsea defender Paulo Ferreira signed for the club back then in 2004 and he was at the club until 2013. Paulo Ferreira retired at Chelsea at the end of his final playing contract at the club. Paulo Ferreira spent nine seasons at Stamford Bridge as a player and he made 214 appearances for the club. Paulo Ferreira scored just two goals for Chelsea during his time at the club.
  4. Emmanuel Petit – The Frenchman played for both Arsenal and Chelsea. His last club was Chelsea before he retired in 2005. Petit left Chelsea a year earlier after he was released.
  5. Pierlugi Casiraghi – He had an injury-hit time at Chelsea before he retired.
  6. GianlucaVialli – The Italian signed for Chelsea in 2006 and he retired at the club as a player-manager.