​Having been a dominant force in the Premier League for nearly two decades now, it comes as no surprise that there have been a number of powerful players who can yield the same sort of authority both on and off the pitch.

From John Terry captaining the club to Premier League and European glory on the pitch, to Didier's work with the Drogba Foundation off of it, here's a look at some of the best examples.

1. Didier Drogba

Chelsea v Sunderland - Premier League

One of the undisputed kings of Stamford Bridge, Drogba had such a strong connection to the club that he they re-signed him for a second stint, despite being 36.

Nonetheless, the Ivorian was an absolute beast on the pitch, giving defenders hell for 90 minutes and helping lift Chelsea to the title during his second spell. 

Off the pitch, the Champions League winning hero is a powerful ambassador for the UN and campaigns tirelessly for African initiatives.

2. John Terry

Chelsea v Burnley - Premier League

One of the longest serving Chelsea players of all time, there's no denying his place as one of the most dominant defenders in Chelsea and Premier League history.

His role as club captain helped put the Blues on the map and he has lifted more pieces of silverware than most footballers can even dream of. 

His stature as a force both on and off the pitch can't be contested, and he remains one of the most admired English players of all time.

3. Nemanja Matic


During the Blues' 2014/15 title winning campaign, Matic was one of the foundations for success, bringing some much needed steel and stability to the Chelsea midfield as they raced to first position.

The Serbian's supremacy is not limited to the football field, as the residents of Vrelo know all too well. 

The 28-year-old has become an icon to locals in his tiny home town, funding several projects as well as paying off people's debts. 

4. Paulo Ferreira

Chelsea v Blackburn Rovers - Premier League

An unassuming hero of Chelsea's success during the ongoing Roman Abramovich era, Ferreira was on the books of the West London club for nine straight seasons, amassing 214 appearances.

Despite not being an automatic starter during his latter years, the former Portuguese right back clearly had a big impact at Chelsea both on and off the pitch, with the 38-year-old now serving as an official club ambassador. 

5. Samuel Eto'o

Chelsea v Sunderland - Premier League

A massive personality of world football, Samuel Eto'o only spent a single season with Chelsea, but he managed nine goals in 21 Premier League games, including a hat-trick against Man United, becoming a popular figure amongst the Stamford Bridge faithful.

The Cameroon striker, who featured for the likes of Barcelona and Inter Milan during a successful career, has a significant amount of power off the pitch and was aptly named chief of a region of Sierra Leone after working on a FIFA project combating Ebola in the region.

6. Ashley Cole


Arguably the best left back in the history of the Premier League, Ashley Cole won pretty much every club honour there is to win during his eight seasons as a Blue, as well as countless individual awards, including two of the club's Players' Player of the Year awards.

Off the pitch, Cole's marriage to pop star Cheryl Tweedy helped to elevate him into a well renowned celebrity, while subsequent moves to Roma and LA Galaxy have only enforced the former England international's stature.