When all is said and done, John Terry will go down as one of the best central defenders the Premier League has ever seen.
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In the eyes of Chelsea fans, and many others, he will probably be the best of all-time as the Blues captain has played for the west London club for 17 years and has captained them to four Premier League titles, as well as winning a UEFA Champions League, Europa League, five FA Cups and three League Cups.
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Terry, 34, signed a new deal at Stamford Bridge to extend his stay and at times watching him play last season in the heart of Chelsea’s defense — which, by the way, conceded the fewest number of goals (32) in the PL — you would think he was 24, not 34. He dominated opponents in the air and on the ground, always seemed to be one step ahead and his poise on the ball and superb distribution saw him named in the PFA Team of the Year. He is a supreme leader on the pitch and is the heartbeat of Chelsea’s side.
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Despite all of that, Terry is widely booed and criticized by fans wherever he goes. Most of that is due to off-field allegations over the years, with his alleged racist abuse of QPR defender Anton Ferdinand back in 2012, and allegations surrounding an affair with the fiancee of former Chelsea and England teammate Wayne Bridge.
Ahead of Chelsea’s Community Shield game against Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, Terry has moved to call out the haters. Take a read of this below. Bullish from the Chelsea skipper, huh?
“I’m sure that if I was in their team they would love me because I am one of those players who gives everything to the cause,” Terry said. “Unfortunately the stick comes with it, but I am used to that now. I do get a lot of stick, not only in the UK, but everywhere we go.”
“But I thrive on that and use it in a positive way. I certainly don’t try to block it out. I use it to my advantage because nine times out of 10 if I can stay focused we are going to come out as winners. When you walk off the pitch having done your job and done it the right way and go off with three points, there is not much more to say.
“You hope that when you hang up your boots, you don’t want to be hated, you just want to be thought of as a very good footballer and someone who gave everything for their club. Regardless of what people say, you can’t take away what I have won and done in the game.
“As a person and player that’s for anyone who has met me. Anyone who has not met me shouldn’t be judging me and questioning my character. Football-wise they have had an opportunity to see me play and if you are a football person you can make a judgement on whether I’m a good player or not.
“But it all comes down to trophies I’ve won and at the end of my career I will look back and will be very, very proud of what I achieved if it finished tomorrow.”