Chelsea legend John Terry includes Arsenal hero Thierry Henry in list of toughest opponents

Chelsea legend John Terry has revealed his three toughest opponents
Chelsea legend John Terry has revealed his three toughest opponents (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea legend John Terry has included Arsenal hero Thierry Henry in a list of the toughest opponents he faced during his brilliant career.

Former England international Terry is widely considered one of Chelsea’s best-ever players and one of the greatest Premier League defenders.

He spent his entire career at Stamford Bridge, making 717 appearances during his 19-year stint in west London and helping Chelsea win five Premier League titles, five FA Cups and the Champions League.

Terry lined up against Arsenal icon Henry for almost a decade and says the former France striker was his toughest Premier League opponent.

And the now-Aston Villa coach says Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were also a nightmare to face.

Terry came up against Barcelona superstar Messi a number of times in the Champions League, while he faced Ronaldo during the Portuguese’s spells at Manchester United and Real Madrid.

In a conversation with the former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen on the Unacademy platform, Terry was asked to name his toughest opponents and said: ‘Messi, Ronaldo…

Terry says Thierry Henry was his toughest Premier League opponent
Terry says Thierry Henry was his toughest Premier League opponent (Picture: Getty)

‘Thierry Henry was the hardest player I came up against in the Premier League.

‘The Champions League was always another level and it was an absolute joy to test myself against the very best and pit my wits against some of the best players in history.’

Terry also lifted the lid on his send-off from Chelsea. The former Blues captain was subbed off after 26 minutes – his shirt number – during a Premier League match against Sunderland in 2017.

‘I didn’t play much that season because Antonio Conte came in and we were playing three at the back,’ Terry added.

‘I was coming to the end but we won the league which was fantastic for me. I wanted a proper send-off and Conte and Gary Cahill were excellent with me.

‘Conte told me I could play the match but we came to an agreement that I would play for 26 minutes and that would allow Cahill to keep his rhythm ahead of the final the next weekend.

‘It’s one of the favourite moments of my career. I remember other players like Lamps didn’t get the send-off they deserved so I was happy to go out how I wanted.’

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