John Terry is set to leave Chelsea in the summer and as Chelsea’s ‘Captain, Leader, Legend’ departs the club after 22 years of service, we look at his best moments at the club.
Everybody at Stamford Bridge would like to express our enormous gratitude to John and wish him the very best of luck for the future. pic.twitter.com/Yo9NrXNBMs
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 17, 2017
1) The prodigy signs for the Blues at the tender age of 14
John Terry joined Chelsea as a 14 year old and the rest his history. He was brought into the team as a midfielder, however was forced to play in defences due to a shortage of available players, since then he has gone onto to do wonders from that position which includes scoring 40 times in the Premier League during his professional career, the most by a defender.
It was a really proud moment for me to sign as a 14-year-old on the pitch – against Liverpool at half-time. There's a big story behind that, that one day I'll divulge! – @johnterry.26, who is taking over our Instagram account for today. #JT700 #CFC #Chelsea
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2) The appointment of JT as skipper of the first team
John Terry established himself as a solid player at Chelsea and in 2004, then manager Jose Mourinho took the bold choice by appointing the English international as his team’s skipper. Since then, John Terry has gone on to lead his team to 5 FA Cup, 4 Premier League titles,3 League titles, 1 UEFA Champions League and 1 Europa League.
Despite being a solid rock in the heart of defence, he also provided a threat in front of goal especially during corners. Oppositions feared him and he always did his best for the club.
Captain, Leader, Legend.
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— Malaysia Blues Army (@MBA_rebellion) April 17, 2017
3) The most crucial goal scored in his Chelsea career, 2005 against Barcelona
John Terry has had many ups and downs in his 22 year professional career with the Blues, however his goal in 2005 is arguably his best till date. Chelsea went into the game on the back foot, losing the first leg 2-1 at the Camp Nou. In the reverse fixture, they were without the likes of Didier Drogba, but that didn’t stop them. Chelsea went into a swift lead taking the score to 3-0, only for Ronaldinho to pull the game back before the end of the half 3-2. With aggregate score at 3-2, Barcelona were still heading into the quarter finals with the away goal advantage.
Chelsea’s luck struck 14 minutes from time, and who provided the magic?
None other than John Terry, on a Damian Duff corner, ensuring Chelsea advance into the next ground.
4) Double honours for the Captain in 2010
Chelsea have won major honours but haven’t managed to do it in the same season many times, hence 2010 stands out in the Blues' history as a milestone, where a John Terry led Chelsea managed to secure the Premier League as well as the FA Cup. The reason this season stands out in John Terry’s career is because Chelsea did phenomenal, they scored 103 goals in the season the first club to do so in the Premier League.
May 2010: Chelsea parade winning "The Double" (Premier League and FA Cup) under Carlo Ancelotti through London. pic.twitter.com/mFc7pdtmx0
— Chelsea Memories (@ChelseaMemory) December 10, 2013
5) Chelsea attaining Champions League glory in 2012
Chelsea had their second chance to secure the Champions League in 2012, after failing to do so in Moscow in 2008, where John Terry slipped at the shootout, leading Manchester United to be crowned champions.
However, opportunity came the Blues' way again in 2012 where they faced hosts Bayern Munich, despite John Terry not being available for the final due to suspension, he was given permission by UEFA to be part of the club’s celebrations if they did win.
The game went in Chelsea’s favour and they lifted the crown as Drogba scored the final penalty in the shootout. Despite John Terry not being part of the final, he was pivotal through the build-up of the season which eventually helped the Blues reach the final.
Saved the best until last! I often get asked 'how it can be one of your best moments in football when you didn't play?' I still had a big part to play in the build-up to it. Champions League finals don't come about every season, and, after Moscow, I thought my time had gone. To be able to see the Chelsea fans, the whole squad, achieve what we set out to do on that special night, was the best by a long, long way. #JT700 #CFC #Chelsea @johnterry.26
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Despite falling out of favour under Antonio Conte at Chelsea this season, Terry’s time at with the Blues has been fruitful, in the past years he has managed to win all trophies with the club and has made Chelsea a force to reckon with for generations to come. He has been a great motivator to the youth and someone defenders can look up to for the many years to come!
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