Chelsea has got great centre-backs over the past years, but among all these professional footballers. Who would you like to bring back to the club?
1. Franck Alain James Leboeuf, typically anglicised as Frank Leboeuf, is a French actor, sports commentator and former French international footballer who played as a centre-back.
2. Marcel Desailly is a French former professional footballer who played as a centre-back or defensive midfielder.
3. John George Terry is an English professional football coach and former player who played as a centre-back. He was previously captain of Chelsea, the England national team and Aston Villa; he is the assistant head coach at the latter.
4. William Eric Gallas is a French former professional footballer who played as a defender. He played most of his footballing career in France and England before finishing his career in Australia with A-League club Perth Glory. Gallas began his career in France, before being signed by English club Chelsea in 2001.
5. Ricardo Alberto Silveira de Carvalho OIH is a retired Portuguese professional footballer who played as a centre back. He is widely considered one of the greatest center backs from the modern era. He is currently the assistant manager of French club Marseille.
6. Alex Rodrigo Dias da Costa, better known mononymously as Alex, is a Brazilian former professional footballer who played as a central defender. He was known for his physical strength and the power of his shot, which has gained him the nicknames of "The Tank" and Canhão da Vila.
7. Branislav Ivanović is a Serbian professional footballer who plays for Premier League club West Bromwich Albion. A versatile defender, Ivanović plays as a right back, although he can also play as a centre back. Ivanović began his career with hometown club FK Srem.
8. Thiago Emiliano da Silva, commonly known as Thiago Silva, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Premier League club Chelsea and captains the Brazil national team.
9. Gary James Cahill is an English professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Premier League club Crystal Palace. Cahill began his career playing for the AFC Dronfield youth system in Derbyshire. In 2000, he joined the Aston Villa Academy and continued his development.
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