Blues defender will be hoping to add two more medals to his huge collection before his summer departure
THE long goodbye to John Terry from Chelsea began on Monday as the veteran announced he would be leaving the Blues this summer.
Opinion is divided on the 36-year-old among football supporters around the country – but there is no doubt he will bow out of Stamford Bridge as a bona fide legend.
Few men have enjoyed such a legacy and success at one club like Terry has since he emerged from the Chelsea academy.
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And even he cannot have predicted what lay ahead in his career when he made his debut as a late substitute in the League Cup against Aston Villa back in October 1998.
In total, Terry has given the Blues 22 years of service and their fans a lifetime of memories prior to his departure.
And the 14 major honours he helped them to win have given the ex-England captain a trophy cabinet that most would envy.
His first success with the club came in the FA Cup back in 2000, a trophy he would go on to lift four more times, and possibly again this season.
He also captained Chelsea to four Premier League title wins, and despite their wobble against Manchester United on Sunday, he remains bang on course to win a fifth next month.
Throw in another three League Cup triumphs and he can really sense the impact he has had on the club.
But two of the most-prized medals he has have come from matches he did not even play in.
The 2012 Champions League win over Bayern Munich was the finest night in Chelsea’s history – but their talisman could only watch on from the sidelines due to suspension.
That did not stop him from joining in the celebrations, as he infamously donned his full kit to get his hands on the cup, drawing huge ridicule.
It did not seem to faze Terry, who repeated the trick a year later after missing the Europa League final triumph through injury.
JOHN TERRY’S CHELSEA HONOURS LIST
Premier League: 2005, 2006, 2010, 2015
FA Cup: 2000, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012
League Cup: 2005, 2007, 2015
Community Shield: 2005, 2009
Champions League: 2012
Europa League: 2013
Despite missing out on the finals, he still claimed a medal and his impact in helping his side to get their ensured he was more than a worthy candidate for the memento.
Terry has appeared 713 appearances for Chelsea so far, bagging 66 goals along the way.
His is third in the club’s all-time appearances list, and will have his fingers-crossed that there are still a few more to come as he hopes to end his time at Stamford Bridge with one more glorious, winning, chapter.