1 – Didier Drogba
When Mourinho arrived at Chelsea, there were already top strikers such as Hernan Crespo, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Eidur Gudjohnson whose services he could call on. He also had a big enough transfer war chest to buy any player he set his heart on.
Rather than go for an obvious big name, he went for Drogba who had been impressive on the continent but was not yet a household name in England.
Drogba was a revelation at Chelsea. He scored the goals that helped them secure their first title for 50 years. During Mourinho’s time at the club, Drogba scored several vital goals and helped the club win five trophies.
After Mourinho left, Drogba continued to lead the team from the front and was the key player in their Champions League campaign in 2011-12 when they finally got their hands on the biggest prize in club football.