Ever since Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea FC in 2003, the football club has become a powerhouse in the English Premier League and Europe as a whole.
As it stands, Chelsea Football Club popularly known as "The Blues" is one of the most feared teams in the Premier League, thanks to a large number of world-class talents they have at their disposal.
But not all of these world-class talents excelled at the club, some players went MIA (missing in action) after putting pen to paper at the Stamford Bridge.
Let’s take a close look at five of such players who lost their charm, and magnificence after arriving at Chelsea Football Club.
1. Andriy Shevchenko
At one point of time, Andriy Shevchenko was the best forward in the game. He desecrated defences for fun and only a few were better at the business than the wily Ukranian. He was one giant of a striker at AC Milan, he also clinched the Ballon d’Or in 2004 while playing for the Rossoneri.
Roman Abramovic signed him, dreaming of how the scenes could be when he replicated those devastating plays at the Stamford Bridge. Except that it turned out to be literally the opposite and beyond everyone’s wildest dreams.
At Chelsea, Shevchenko played as if he had never operated as a striker and was a newbie in the position. He scored only 27 goals in 77 games and injuries saw to it that his career was ruined for most of the time in London.
He finally left for Milan on loan in 2008 and made the move permanent a year later. But his golden days were past indeed.
2. Mateja Kezman
129 goals in 176 games surely is an impressive feat, right? Well, those were the numbers Mateja Kezman notched from 2000 to 2004 in the Dutch Eredivisie.
While he had a number of European heavyweights waiting for his signature, Kezman decided to pursue silverware at the Stamford Bridge. However, all his dreams burst into flames when be arrived at the club.
Kezman played 47 times and scored just 7 goals in the 2004-05 season. He left for Atletico Madrid but never recovered from the burns he had suffered there. He finally retired after playing in China.
3. Fernando Torres
There aren’t many who can claim to have given Nemanja Vidic a hard time during his Manchester United days. But even when he remembers Fernando Torres at Liverpool, the Serbian always knew he faced a talented equal.
Torres took the Premier League by storm with his exquisite goalscoring feats. His partnership with Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard back then was the apple of the eye for the Merseyside supporters.
When Torres decided to make a move to Chelsea in 2011, he never knew that he would be permanently scarred after that move. True, he did win the Champions League with the Blues, but personally, El Nino was a wreck.
Torres scored 45 goals in 173 games for Chelsea, numbers that appeared so trivial to those he had notched in Liverpool. After finishing third in the Ballon d’Or race in 2008, Torres never found his true self again when he played for AC Milan and Atletico Madrid later.
4. Marko Marin
In the summer of 2012, Marko Marin and Eden Hazard arrived at Chelsea FC. While everyone expected Chelsea to take the Premier League by storm given the excellent signings they had made, the German newcomer had a different storm to fight in his own life.
Marin had made waves in the Bundesliga and was already being branded as the ‘next Lionel Messi’ when Chelsea came knocking on his door. However, after four loan spells in four years later, he left with just 16 games to his name and as a shadow of his former self.
With what’s left of his untapped potential, Marin is now in his 30s playing for Red Star Belgrade.
5. Loic Remy
Back in season 2013/14, Newcastle striker, Loic Remy, was at the very height of his powers. Given the impressive displays he churned out every week, it looked as if the sky was the only limit he could aim at. Having scored 14 goals in 27 games for the Toons, he secured a summer move to Chelsea under Jose Mourinho in 2014.
Well, Mourinho doesn’t exactly have a clean record when it comes to giving chances to the players to prove themselves, does he? Remy was yet another victim of that long list of players.
Having played only 47 games for the club in three seasons, he scored only 12 times before leaving for Las Palmas in 2017. Currently nearing the dying embers of his career, Remy is seeing out his last days at Lille in the Ligue 1.