Club: Chelsea FC
Growth type: Standard/Lasting
Gianfranco Zola was one of the outstanding Italian attackers during the 1990s. He spent the first decade of his career playing in Italy, most notably with Napoli, alongside the legendary Argentinean Diego Maradona whom he learned many of his skills from. When Napoli won Italian Series A title in 1990, Zola was still a reserve player and played a few number games. He started to reah his prime at Parma where he scored 19 league goals in three consecutive seasons, before moving to English side Chelsea. Zola became one of the most extraordinary players in English Premier league history renowned for his technical abilities and would eventually be voted Chelsea's greatest ever player in 2003. After seven seasons in England, He was retired number 25 of Chelsea for his honour and moved back to play in his homeland with Cagliari where he played only two seasons but the club still retired number 10 for him again. Internationally, Zola didn’t achieve as much as he could due to Roberto Baggio ahead of him in the pecking order.