In an eventful 10 minute farewell address that will probably not be well captured in words, Chelsea legend John Terry said goodbye to the Stamford bridge faithful after he played his last home game for the blues.
In an era when the word “legend” has become abused and overused, Terry can stand out as a genuine Chelsea icon, his parting words and the emotionally charged atmosphere that hung over his farewell was a sight to behold – even for Chelsea’s staunchest critics.
In a comprehensive 5-1 thrashing of hapless Sunderland, the football turned out to be a mere sideshow, John Terry was the center of attention.
In the 26th minute of the game, with the moment of course picked to acknowledge his shirt number, Terry was taken off for Gary Cahill so that he could bask in the crowd’s full acclaim.
The supporters already had a huge banner saying ‘thank you for everything’ before the game, and there was even a makeshift guard of honour, as he got hearty hugs from so many teammates and his manager Conte.
In his speech, Terry asks long time Chelsea assistant Steve Holland to take the mic and say goodbye, as well, thanks owner Roman Abramovich for his commitment to the club.
Today is, without a doubt, one of the most difficult days of my life, I’ve been very fortunate to work with some unbelievable players and managers throughout my career. Not only the ones here today but some ex-managers and ex-players that are here today that I’ve shared some great occasions with and won some great trophies with. I’m so thankful for every single one of you. Thank you.
“I think we all have to thank this man up here as well: Mr. Roman Abramovich,” Terry continued, pointing to the box where the Chelsea owner can always be found.
Terry finished off his speech by sharing a hug with manager Antonio Conte, thanking the Italian before kicking off a round of “Antonio! Antonio!” with the fans.
“I’d like to thank my wife and my kids for supporting me in this amazing journey I’ve had,” Terry said, a touching “I Love You” before finally choking up in tears.