Chelsea legend John Terry announced it tonight: he won’t be a football player anymore.
The former Blues skipper published a post on his Instagram profile to share his decision with millions of football fans in the world.
Terry, almost 38, entered Chelsea academy when he was only 14, having previously played for West Ham and made his debut in the first team when he was not even 18, on 28th October 1998, as a late substitute in a League Cup game with Aston Villa.
The former England international made his first-team breakthrough in 2000-2001, where he started 23 times and was voted Club’s Player of the Year.
John is Chelsea’s most successful captain, having led the club to five Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, one UEFA Europa League and one Champions League title since 2004, when José Mourinho gave him the armband.
He is one of five players to have made over 500 appearances for Chelsea and is also the club’s all-time highest scoring defender with 41 total goals.
Alongside with Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Petr Cech and Ashley Cole he was the core of fantastic Chelsea team that won in England and Europe for a decade.
In 2007, he became the first captain to lift the FA Cup at the new Wembley Stadium in Chelsea’s 1–0 win against Manchester United and also the first player to score an international goal there, scoring a header in England‘s 1–1 draw with Brazil: he collected 76 caps and 6 goals for the national team.
In his final season at Chelsea in 2017, when the Blues won the Premier League with Antonio Conte, he became the first ever player to captain a team to title on five occasions.
The last club he played for was Aston Villa in the past season, in the Championship: he revealed he chose not to play for another Premier League side to not face Chelsea.