Diego Costa has paid tribute to John Terry in a cheeky Instagram post after the former Chelsea captain called time on his playing career on Sunday.
Terry won 78 England caps, five Premier League titles with Chelsea, five FA Cups and three League Cups. He also picked up Champions League and Europa League winners’ medals but did not play in the finals.
He made 717 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 67 times, before joining Villa after leaving Stamford Bridge in 2017, playing 36 games for the club.
The 37-year-old won his final two Premier League titles alongside Spain international Costa, who departed for Atletico Madrid in January after his relationship with then manager Antonio Conte turned sour.
But Costa remains on good terms with many of his former team-mates and posted a retirement tribute congratulating Terry on a “fantastic and successful career”.
The Atletico Madrid striker, who struggled to grasp English despite spending more than two years with Chelsea, said in a cheeky message: “Congrats on your fantastic and successful career. Thank you for all you’ve done for me during my years at @chelseafc (although I couldn’t understand a single word you said to me).
“I wish you all the best in this new chapter of your life. Thanks ‘My Capitation’ hahahaha.”
Terry turned down a move to Spartak Moscow last month, despite reportedly having a medical, saying it was not the right option for his family.
His last game as a professional was Villa’s 1-0 Championship play-off final defeat to Fulham in May.