Without mincing words, he is one of the best left-back in the history of the Premier League era and by extension in the history of football as well. In fact, Chelsea fans will argue that Ashley Cole is the best since the commencement of the new format of the Premier League in 1992.
Ashley Cole is best remembered for brilliant runs into the final third, his pin-point crosses as well as his defensive prowess. He also had an eye for goals as well.
The London-born defender played a pivotal role en route to Chelsea’s first Champions League trophy in 2012 as well as the Uefa Europa League a year later.
He was so good that he kept his spot under managers like Jose Mourinho, Guus Hiddink, Roberto di Matteo among a list of other coaches Chelsea hired during his time at Stamford Bridge.
On this day, the former Three Lions defender turns 40. Below is a throwback to some of his performances against Cristiano Ronaldo who was once his nightmare when he was at Arsenal.
Ashley Cole’s career in numbers:
- 👤 338 Appearances
⚽ 7 Goals
🏆 x3 Premier League
🏆 7x FA Cup
🏆 1x League Cup
🏆 1x Champions League
🏆 1x UEFA Cup