John Terry announces his retirement from football

John Terry, Chelsea

Former England and Chelsea captain John Terry announced his retirement on Instagram yesterday, the statement read: "After 23 incredible years as a footballer, I have decided now is the right time for me to retire from playing."

Terry, was capped 78 times for England and was Chelsea’s most decorated player when he left in 2017, following two decades at Stamford Bridge.

During his time with the London club, he won five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, the UEFA Champions League title and the Europa League trophy.

John Terry, European winner with Chelsea
John Terry lifting the UEFA Champions League trophy in 2012 and the UEFA Europa League trophy in 2013.

He made over 700 appearances for Chelsea and scored 67 goals, the highest tally for a defender in the Premier League era. He was also crowned PFA Players’ Player of the Year in 2004/05.

Terry spent the 2017-18 season at Aston Villa in the Championship, playing 36 times and scoring once. Villa finished fourth before losing in the play-off final against Fulham.

John Terry, PFA Players' Player of the Year winner 2004/05
John Terry crowned PFA Players' Player of the Year in 2004/2005.

John Terry's Instagram announcement:

"As a 14-year-old, I made my best and biggest decision: to sign for Chelsea Football Club. Words will never be enough to show how much everyone at the club means to me, in particular the fans.

"Right from the outset they have given me total support, on and off the pitch, and I have a tremendous bond with them.

"We achieved so many great memories together and I couldn't have succeeded without you. To me, you are the best fans in the world. I hope I have done you all proud wearing the shirt and the armband.

"My club career and heart will always belong to Chelsea, but I am grateful for my loan spell at Nottingham Forest in 1999, which was invaluable for my development as a young player.

"And I also want to say a huge thank you to Aston Villa for giving me the opportunity to play at such a big club and captain it throughout the 2017-18 season.

"It was a privilege to represent such a renowned football club with great fans.

"I look forward to the next chapter in my life and the challenges ahead."