John Terry to leave Chelsea – A career at the top

John Terry will bring an end to his impressive Chelsea career at the end of the season when he leaves Stamford Bridge after 22 years.

The decision was announced before the end of a campaign where the 36-year old has had to be content with a bit part role under Antonio Conte – a far cry from recent years where football fans could not mention Chelsea without also mentioning their lionhearted skipper.

But all good things must come to an end, so FOX Sports Asia has taken the opportunity to look back at the highs and lows of John Terry’s long and sometimes controversial footballing career.

A young Terry goes on loan to Nottingham Forest in the 1999-2000 season where former England player David Platt is manager and makes six appearances at the back at the City Ground.

A young Terry in 1999.

Captain’s armband
New manager Jose Mourinho hands Terry the captain’s armband at the start of the 2004-05 season and is rewarded as Chelsea go on to become champions (Terry is also named Premier League player of the year), before defending their title successfully the next year.

England captain
Coach Steve McClaren names Terry as England captain in August 2006, although he is forced to step down as captain four years later following revelations about his private life. Is removed from the role again in 2012 after accusations of racial abuse.

Champions League slip-up
Presented with a penalty to win the 2008 Champions League final against Manchester United, Terry slips and smashes the ball onto a post. United win 6-5 in the shootout and Terry later says it will “haunt him for the rest of his life.”

JT at the double
Carlo Ancelotti’s side clinch the 2010 Premier League in style, netting more than 100 goals, while Terry claims the FA Cup for a fourth time in May after a 1-0 win over Portsmouth.

Terry finally gets his hands on the Champions League trophy in 2012 after Chelsea defeat Bayern Munich on penalties. Terry misses the final through suspension, but changes into full kit to lift the trophy in what becomes known as doing a “John Terry.”

Going full “John Terry”!

Last silverware?
Dropped a season earlier by Rafa Benitez, Terry returns to captain Chelsea to a fourth league title in 2014/2015 under Mourinho again and also makes the Team of the Year.

With the announcement he will leave Chelsea in the summer, attention has now turned to where he will go next. Plenty of Premier League teams would gladly find a place for Chelsea’s captain fantastic, but a move overseas – perhaps a megabucks move to China or the Middle East – also remains an option.

Wherever he ends up plying his trade, fans can rest assured that they will get someone who always gives their all.

John Terry’s career in numbers:

713 – Number of appearances for Chelsea
578 – Games as Chelsea captain (a club record)
78 – Number of England caps
66 – Number of goals in all competition for the Blues
19 – Years since his Chelsea first-team debut
17 – Age when he made his senior debut for the Blues (as substitute against Aston Villa in the League Cup
14 – Major trophies he won as Chelsea captain (Premier League (4), FA Cup (5), League Cup (3), Champions League and Europa League)
6 – Number of red cards in the Premier League