Derek Smethurst was the first in the 1970s, but it is only in more recent times that Chelsea have celebrated the allure of African football by featuring some of the continent's finest talent.
Indeed, it was over 20 years after Smethurst made his Blues debut that Chelsea drafted in another African to their starting line-up—South African-born striker Mark Stein—who became a feature at Stamford Bridge under manager Glenn Hoddle.
More high-profile names have since followed with African stars such as Michael Essien, John Obi Mikel and Dider Drogba having a considerable impact on Chelsea's success in the past decade.
Who is the finest, though?
Bleacher Report counts down through Chelsea's all-time top 10 African footballers.