Captain John Terry: Reflections on the life of a fulfilled footballer | Olusegun Oyedele

Captain John Terry, as popularly called Chelsea by fans, supporters and the soccer planet, has had what could be referred to as a glittering career in football. When talking about central defenders to ever play the game, John Terry is one of the very best after a blossoming career that is decorated with a host of trophies. John Terry, who will turn thirty-seven in December, was born on the 7th of December, 1980, thirty six years ago. He is a product of the famous Chelsea Academy and he signed his first professional contract with Chelsea Football Club in 2000, after which he was loaned to Nottingham Forest on March 1st, 2000 and ended the loan spell three months later.

John Terry’s career, as said earlier, is decorated with trophies. As a defender, he racks up eighteen trophies in total including a Champions League trophy and a Europa League trophy in the 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 seasons respectively. To me, the height of John Terry’s career came in the year 2012 when he won a double including a Champions League medal and a FA cup. The following season, John Terry won the UEFA Europa League to cap an outstanding year of his career. In total, John Terry has, in his trophy cabinet, two UEFA medals, five Premier League medals, five FA cup medals, three League Cup medals and three Community Shield medals to boast. Apart from this, he has some individual awards too.

A defender’s career is not only measured by trophies, rather, also by the interceptions, clearances, tackles, books, blocks and individual contributions to the success of the team he plays for. John Terry is a versatile defender and it would take a striker extra strength and expertise to go past him. John Terry can boast of one of the highest number of clearances, blocks, tackles, interceptions and also, John Terry has been booked eighty six times in his career and he has been sent off eight times altogether. What a defender! He stands up there with the caliber of defenders as Sergio Ramos. John Terry’s highest appearances came in 2009/2010 season when he appeared fifty two times, scored three goals and assisted two. He also boasts of a sizeable amount of international appearances and goals.

John Terry announced his retirement from football few days ago and right now, speculations are underway as Aston Villa are without a manager and since once of the greatest midfielders to ever play the game, Frank Lampard, who now coaches Derby, has tipped the former Chelsea teammate to shine in the capacity of a coach, Aston Villa would not mind giving him the job but another source says Thierry Henry is the favorite for the job and John Terry could be his assistant.

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