Serbian versatile defender and former Chelsea legend Branislav Ivanovic was born on 22 February, 19 1984 in Sremska Mitrovica in Serbia. Ivanovic throughout the years has made his name as a tenacious defender, capable of contributing in the attack. This led to him being affectionately called ‘Bane’ and ‘Bran Bear’ by the Chelsea fans. Despite being a center-back, he made his name at Chelsea, where he arrived as an unknown entity from Russia as a right-back, making powerful runs forward on the flanks. he contributed some vital goals and assists throughout his tenure. At the end of his Chelsea tenure, Ivanovic started to lose his legs which led to a move back to Russia with Zenit St. Petersburg in 2017, where he still plays under Roberto Mancini.
On his birthday, relive some of his greatest moments with the Blues: