John Terry subtly responds to Rio Ferdinand's claim about the five best centre-backs in PL history

John Terry has seemingly not taken kindly to Rio Ferdinand’s rankings of the five best Premier League centre-backs of all time.

Ferdinand ordered his top five whilst speaking to Virgil van Dijk for BT Sport.

The former Manchester United defender put himself first, followed by his long-standing partner in crime Nemanja Vidic.

Van Dijk came in third, whilst ex-Red Devil Jaap Stam finished just outside the podium places.

Terry did make Ferdinand’s list, but only in fifth place.

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“I think the difference with myself, you and Jaap especially, we could’ve played in any team in any era, I think,” explained Ferdinand.

“And that’s the difference.”

Terry takes on Ferdinand

Whilst selecting the very best five out of an extremely strong line of candidates is down to personal opinion, to see the iconic Chelsea captain that far down is pretty outlandish.

He won five league titles, each as skipper, and won the 2005 PFA Player of the Year.

JT was also included in four PFA Team of the Years, making 492 top-flight appearances in the process.

Just to put it into perspective, Van Dijk still only has the singular league crown on his CV, whilst Stam picked up three during his spell at Old Trafford.

Therefore, it’s no surprise that Terry appeared to take offense to Ferdinand’s decision and explanation.

The Stamford Bridge icon uploaded a story to his Instagram page, with the simple caption ‘Opinions are great but stats don’t lie…’

Accompanying the line is a collection of pictures, detailing Terry’s numerous achievements.

Some of these include being the Premier League’s highest-scoring defender, keeping the most clean sheets as a defender in the division, and having a better win and clean sheet ratio than Ferdinand and Van Dijk.

As you rightly said John, the stats simply don’t lie…

If you ever want to change your list Rio, feel free.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.