John Terry’s stay at Stamford Bridge proved a difficult decision for the player after his contract ended in June, 2016, but the club’s historical EPL triumph, his guard of honor, and the emotional farewell speech which crowned his 20 years with the Blues, will forever remain in our hearts.
“We all want the same thing,” said the captain who remained dedicated to his cause even in the face of provocations.
The 36-year-old assured reporters that his wish was to end his football career at Chelsea, adding that he had never thought about life outside the Fulham-based club side.
Terry is an exemplary leader with patience, vision, self-control and humility. He gained our respect for his enviable leadership qualities which will forever be missed.
Today’s 5-1 win against Sunderland crowned Terry as the most successful captain in the club’s history. He’s Chelsea’s highest-scoring defender, and one of the five players to have played over 500 appearances.
He won a total of 5 English Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups, 3 League Cups, one UEFA Europe League as well as a memorable UEFA Champions League trophy in 2004.
No doubts, Terry is of the best defenders to have ever graced the football world. His votes as UEFA’S Defender of the Year in 2005, 2008 and 2009 prove the player has left footprints on the sands of time.
In his farewell speech, Terry said thanks to Steve Holland and club owner Roman Abramovich for his commitment to the youth team; not forgetting to appreciate fans who sang for him during his struggles as the club’s captain.
‘Firstly, just before I start, can I call someone up: Steve Holland,’ he said.
‘It’s also Steve’s last game today [at Stamford Bridge], and he’s been different class, starting with the youth team, the youngsters, and into the first team. Last year he stepped up to the plate and pulled us through a difficult season.
‘Today is without doubt one of the most difficult days of my life,’ the skipper continued.
‘I’ve been very fortunate to work with some unbelievable players and managers throughout my career, not only the ones that are here today. I’ve had some great occasions and won some great trophies, so thank you to every single one of you.
‘We all have to thank this man as well, Mr Roman Abramovich. He is the best owner in world football, without a doubt. Yes, he’s put an awful lot of money into this football club but he cares. Right from the Under-8s, Under-9s and Under-10s this man cares and looks to improve year in and year out, to give us the best opportunity. Roman, on behalf of myself, the players and supporters, thank you very much.
‘I’d like to thank my wife and our kids for supporting me on this amazing journey, thank you.
‘Lastly you guys, the fans, the best supporters in the world without a shadow of a doubt. You’ve given me everything from the age of 17 when I first started out. You’ve picked me up when I was down and sung my name when I’ve had bad games and disappointed you as well.
‘Thank you will never ever be enough, but I’ll tell you what: I’ll be back here one day. I’m going to be supporting the players and the club from the bottom of my heart. Thank you so much, I love you all.
‘Lastly, I’d like to thank this man [Antonio Conte]. Honestly, thank you so much.’