Voted the club’s best-ever player in 2003, there is no doubting the esteem in which Gianfranco Zola is held by Chelsea supporters.

Without the diminutive Italian genius, the Stamford Bridge club simply wouldn’t be the behemoth it is today. And that’s no exaggeration.

Zola scored 16 times during 2002/03, his goals helping Claudio Ranieri’s men qualify for the UEFA Champions League. In turn, Roman Abramovich purchased the club from Ken Bates. The rest is history.

Over seven years in West London, Zola became synonymous with the Blues. He’d already had a distinguished career with Napoli – winning Serie A alongside Diego Maradona – and that great Parma side.

Join host Tom Bodell and Chelsea fan and freelance journalist Adam Newson to reminisce in the little attacker’s brilliance in the latest episode of You, me and... from Football Whispers.

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