Six Chelsea cult heroes and where they are now – from Crespo and Mutu to Kalou

Chelsea have been lucky enough to attract some of the most talented players in world football to Stamford Bridge over the years.

The likes of Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Petr Cech and Eden Hazard all cemented legendary status after signing for the Blues, having played a key part in Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Champions League triumphs.

Nevertheless, it is not always the very best players on the pitch who enjoy the greatest connection with supporters.

Like every club, the Chelsea faithful have warmed to their fair share of cult heroes – whose popularity with a fanbase doesn't necessarily reflect their talent.

Daily Star Sport has taken a look at six Chelsea cult heroes below.

Ed de Goey

After joining from Feyenoord in 1997, the Dutch goalkeeper helped Chelsea clinch the League Cup and UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in his debut campaign.

He then added the FA Cup to his collection two years later, before losing his place to Carlo Cudicini and eventually departing the Bridge in 2003.

De Goey spent three years at Stoke and then retired from the game. Now a goalkeeping coach with Dutch fifth-tier side VOC Rotterdam.

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Tore Andre Flo

By rifling home a hat-trick in a 6-1 win away at Tottenham, Flo instantly became a Chelsea fans' favourite months after arriving in the same summer as De Grey.

The 6ft 4in striker scored some memorable goals on their run to Cup Winners' Cup glory, while also bagging a brace in a famous Champions League victory over Barcelona two years later.

He left the club in 2001 with a return of 50 goals in 163 appearances and played for Rangers, Sunderland, Italian club Siena, Norwegian outfit Valerenga, Leeds, MK Dons and another Norwegian side in Sogndal before retiring.

Flo returned to Chelsea in 2012 and now works as a loan player technical coach.

Frank Leboeuf

The French defender proved a bargain for Chelsea after joining for just £2.5million in 1996, playing an integral role in League Cup, Cup Winners' Cup and two FA Cup wins across five years at the Bridge.

He popped up with 17 goals in 144 appearances for the Blues, a solid return for a centre-back which sealed his cult-hero status with supporters.

Leboeuf spent time with Marseille and Qatari clubs Al-Sadd and Al Wakrah before hanging up his boots in 2007. Since retiring, he has completed a number of small acting roles while also working as a commentator and pundit.

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Adrian Mutu

In his short-lived Chelsea career Mutu was certainly a popular figure, gaining plenty of admirers when he netted four goals in his first four appearances after completing a £16million switch from Parma in 2003.

The Romanian star's form fizzled out in the end, leaving him with a return of 10 goals in 36 games at the end of his first season, but Blues fans still regularly chanted his name.

That was before he infamously tested positive for cocaine in September 2004, leaving Chelsea with no choice but to terminate his contract.

After spending brief time in Italy, France, India and Romania, Mutu bowed out from football in 2016 and ventured into management. Now in charge of Romanian club FC U Craiova.

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Hernan Crespo

Why the Argentinian striker didn't enjoy a longer Chelsea career remains a mystery, but the club's supporters only have good memories from his two seasons with them.

After scoring 12 goals in the 2003/04 campaign, Crespo was sent out on loan to AC Milan upon Jose Mourinho's arrival in 2004.

He returned a year later and became an important member of Mourinho's squad, with his return of 13 goals in 42 games helping them retain the title.

Yet, Crespo was sent out on loan again at the end of that season, this time joining Inter Milan. He eventually signed for the club permanently and later played for Genoa and Parma before retiring in 2012. Now plies his trade as a coach and was most recently in charge of Sao Paulo.

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Salomon Kalou

While he never managed to become a first-team regular, Kalou was undoubtedly one of the best super-subs in Chelsea's history, coming off the bench to score some crucial goals during his six-year stint in west London.

His most famous contribution came in a Champions League semi-final clash with Liverpool, when John Arne Riise turned the Ivorian's cross into his own net to hand the Blues a vital away goal at Anfield.

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"He crossed the ball in from the left, it landed right on Riise's head, that's why we love Salomon Kalou," was the chant that Chelsea fans regularly serenaded him with over the years.

Kalou has since been on Lille, Hertha Berlin and Brazilian club Botafogo's books and is yet to retire.

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