Chelsea fans and players alike laud former captain John Terry as he announces his retirement from football

When you think of Chelsea FC, you think of John Terry.

Alongside Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba, he was a vital part of the spine of that success-ridden Jose Mourinho team.

Terry was the leader amongst Mourinho’s squad of leaders and the most influential part of the dressing room.

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But even before Mourinho’s arrival, Terry had been named Player of the Year in 2001, despite playing only 26 times.

He won the FA Cup in just his second season at the club, and went onto win the famous trophy another four times.

Even more impressive is that Terry won the Premier League title five times in his 22 years at Chelsea.

He worked under numerous managers, and still remained the beating heart of the Blues.

He was a stalwart in Chelsea’s Champions League and Europe League wins, despite missing the Champions League final against Bayern Munich.

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And Terry’s on-field displays didn’t go unnoticed in the wider footballing world as he was named in FIFA’s World XI on five occasions.

He played 717 times for Chelsea, and captained the side over 500 times – a record for the club.

Terry showed his footballing abilities despite losing much of his pace in the twilight of his career as he nearly helped Aston Villa reach promotion from the Championship only to falter in the Play-off final.

So here’s how Chelsea fans reacted to the announcement of Terry’s retirement:

And Terry’s teammates also took to Twitter to thank him for the impact he had on their careers: