Chelsea, backed by Roman Abramovich’s millions, are one of the titans of the modern game, dominating domestically for spells and winning back-to-back European trophies in 2012 and 2013.
But an eye-catching stat showcased in our new Data World Cup project shows how they have not always been a football powerhouse.
In fact, in the club’s entire history, only two players have won the World Cup while contracted to Chelsea.
The first was Peter Bonetti, an unused substitute at the 1966 World Cup as England won the trophy on home turf.
And the second was French defender Frank Leboeuf, who lifted the famous trophy in 1998 with another host nation.
This could change this summer, as Chelsea have representation in some of the best squads.
Given the pattern established by Bonetti and Leboeuf, perhaps the Brazil trio will delight their home fans too, and bring a bit more prestige to Chelsea.
You can explore our Data World Cup tool for all kinds of amazing statistics. Have a look and maybe you can dig out stats like this:
- The whole of Ligue 1 have supplied as many World Cup winners as Penarol.
- In 2006, Italy won the World Cup with only players performing in Serie A.
- Barcelona have had nine World Cup winners, but the first was Romario in 1994.
The Data World Cup also contains detailed records of how Ballon d'Or winners have fared at the World Cup and countries' head-to-head records.
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