Some players make a permanent place in the hearts and minds of many even after they leave the club. The supporters of Chelsea surely know some of those players.
Juan Mata: The Chelsea Hero
Juan Mata can be taken as the jewel in the crown for the players who have watched him sparkle in the capital at three spells as a Blue. His contribution to the team has been incredible.
Juan Mata has won the Europa League, the Champions League, and FA Cup. He had also been named the Player of the Year of Chelsea twice in a row. The player has also earned the Player of the Year accolade, which helped him get a place in the PFA Team of the Year 2012-23.
It is a season where there was nothing mesmerizing. He played 64 times, provided 35 assists, and scored 19 goals. No wonder ‘The Wizard’ is sorely missed to this day by the Cobham contingent. The sad feeling had been sky high as Mata moved into Manchester United in 2014.
Old Trafford had transformed the player for the worse. He might have played 300 games for Manchester United but on just a few occasions had been a left-footed creator the primary man as he was at Chelsea.
His ultimate campaign in Man United ended with only 12 outings, concluding 8 years of general mediocrity. In his rare moment of happiness, Didier Drogba, his old teammate decided that he should reply. The iconic Ivorian wrote, ‘Aslan Maestro’.