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Top 10 players destroyed by Chelsea

Ten players who lost their charm at the famed Stamford Bridge.

Top 5 / Top 10 23 Sep 2017, 14:54 IST

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Many players have fallen prey to the curse of Stamford Bridge.

Since 2004, Roman Abrahamovic has been the godfather at Stamford Bridge. The Russian billionaire's financial capability is the reason Chelsea are regarded as a top club in world football.

Abrahamovic took over as the owner of Chelsea and started a revolution. The first thing he did was to sign a young and promising manager in the name of Jose Mourinho. And ever since, the Stamford Bridge has been a regular place for high-profile signings.

Like you can't score with every shot on goal, you can't get every transfer spot on. While some might go on to become legends, some leave unknown and are forgotten in a haste.

Chelsea is known as a ruthless club, with Abrahamovic being particularly strict about doing away with underperformers. The Russian has earned a reputation for axing players and managers who don't perform at the club. Even the likes of Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti have found it hard to avoid being poleaxed by the Russian. When masterminds like them don't stand a chance, how can the players?

In this slideshow, we take a look at ten players who joined Chelsea as a promise but left as forgotten men at the Stamford Bridge.

Also read: 5 players Chelsea shouldn't have let go of this season

#10: Mateja Kezman

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Mateja Kezman failed to make his mark at the Stamford Bridge.

Serbian forward Mateja Kezman was born for scoring a plethora goals, and he did so with PSV Eindhoven. He scored a brilliant 105 goals in 122 appearances over four years with the Dutch outfit. With those numbers, Kezman was a target for a host of clubs and decided to go for Chelsea in a 3.5 million deal.

While Kezman agreed to be at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea roped in another exciting young talent- Arjen Robben. The two were touted to be the next deadly duo in the Premier League. Kezman was nicknamed 'Batman', owing to his partnership with Robben.

However, things failed to go through as the Serbian could score only 7 goals in 41 appearances for the club, causing Mourinho to offload in just a year. Kezman joined Atletico Madrid in a no-profit-no-loss deal from Chelsea, after failing to make his mark at the Stamford Bridge.

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