The 36-year-old has played his last ever game for the Blues, putting a halt to 22 years of service with the West Londoners
JOHN TERRY was taken off in just the 26th minute at Stamford Bridge in his final game for Chelsea as he left the pitch in tears.
The Blues legend didn’t even make it to half-time as he was substituted when the score was at 1-1 against Sunderland, leaving fans stunned.
Terry announced earlier on in the season he would not be staying on past this campaign, putting an end to 22 years of service for the West Londoners.
Wearing the number 26 during his time with Chelsea, Antonio Conte replaced him in that same minute, with the Chelsea players giving him a guard of honour.
The centre-back who picked up his fifth Premier League winners medal left the pitch with tears in his eyes as he was applauded by not only his team-mates, but the whole ground.
Antonio Conte’s men ran out eventual 5-1 winners against the Black Cats thanks to a second half brace from Michy Batshuayi and goals from Willian, Eden Hazard and Pedro.
Banners spread across all four stands in honour of their skipper who made over 700 appearances for them, scoring 67 times and winning 15 major honours.
He could still feature in the FA Cup final against Arsenal, though it is unlikely he will dislodge Gary Cahill, David Luiz or Cesar Azpilicueta in the starting line-up.
Bizarrely, Sunderland manager David Moyes is reported to have agreed to have put the ball out of play so John Terry could have his guard of honour.
Scott Wilson from the Northern Echo tweeted: “David Moyes reveals
#SAFC agree to put the ball out in the 26th minute so John Terry could have his send off.”
Here is the reaction from fans on Twitter about Terry being subbed off in the 26th minute.