John Terry has announced his retirement from football and it’s no surprise to see the man dubbed ‘Captain, Leader, Legend’ by the Chelsea fans has come in for huge adulation on social media from Blues’ supporters, who regard the 37-year-old as one of the best players to have graced the Stamford Bridge pitch through a playing career that has stretched two decades.
Making over 700 appearances for Chelsea, Terry then switched to Aston Villa last season, but having not been offered a new contract at the Championship club Terry has been without a contract and announced on his Instagram page last night that he was hanging up his boots.
Terry’s post said: “After 23 incredible years as a footballer, I have decided now is the right time for me to retire from playing.”
Unsurprisingly, Chelsea fans were quick to head on to social media to praise John Terry, who earned 78 international caps for England, and the veteran defender will enjoy reading these host of adoring messages from his former club, old teammates and his beloved followers.
Twenty-two years as a Blue. Fifteen major trophies. One of the finest careers of any Englishman in the history of the game. Enjoy your retirement, JT. 💙 #CaptainLeaderLegend [ChelseaFC]
John Terry wasn’t popular amongst the neutrals but us Chelsea fans loved him, he was our Captain, he was our leader and he’ll always be a LEGEND!! [matdaws]
The greatest captain of all time. Thank you for everything John Terry. God of Chelsea. #CaptainLeaderLegend [PhilB130] Congratulations on your amazing career John Terry. I’m lucky to have shared a lot of memories and I will be always grateful for everything I have learned from you, a true leader and a legend of @ChelseaFC and football. I wish you all the best in your next chapter. #JT26 💙 [CesarAzpi]
Congrats on your amazing career my Captain @johnterry.26 It was a pleasure playing and winning all these trophies with you @chelseafc 💙 #theoneandonly #JT #captaincourage #leader #historymakers #theimpossibles #theoldguard #blueblood [DidierDrogba]
Thank you for everything John Terry. Words will never be able to fully describe how much you mean to our club #CaptainLeaderLegend #ProperChels #CFC [WeAre_TheShed]
Captain. Leader. Legend. JT26. Incredible career, the greatest English & Premier League defender of all time. One of the best players to ever play at Chelsea Football Club. John Terry, thank you for everything. [LavCFC]
John Terry is the and forever will be the greatest player that ever played for Chelsea Football Club. He is that player my children will ask about and I had the luck to watch him week in, week out. Thank you for everything Captain. Forever grateful. [UberChelseaFC]
Now Terry is set to drift away from the spotlight on the pitch there’s speculation that he may potentially be teaming up with former Arsenal star Thierry Henry as the pair could be taking over Aston Villa following the departure of Steve Bruce.
Terry was an instant hit with the Villa fans last season, and it’s completely feasible that he could team up with Henry, who is looking for a managerial job after assisting Roberto Martinez and the Belgium national team reach the semi-final of the World Cup, and this potential dream duo could bring the good times back to Villa Park after a helter-skelter start to the season.
"I think Henry always had the makings of being an outstanding manager.
Martin Keown reacts to the news that Thierry Henry and John Terry are favourites for the Aston Villa job. pic.twitter.com/xz8Z6UkgaG
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 7, 2018