Voted the club’s greatest player in a poll, you would struggle to find few who would argue.
Zola arrived at Stamford Bridge in November 1996, when the club was experiencing something of a revival.
He made an immediate impact in his debut season, scoring a number of memorable goals.
After he found the net against Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson branded him a "clever little so-and-so."
The next season, he was key again: Zola scored the winner in the Cup Winners' Cup final against Stuttgart. The Italian came off the bench and scored with his second touch.
Towards the end of his Chelsea career, Zola found his first-team opportunities somewhat more limited, but the flashes of genius were always there.
In his final appearance for the club, against Liverpool in May 2003, he beat four Reds players with a mazy dribble that drew applause from both sets of fans.
Zola played 312 games for Chelsea and scored 80 goals.