In modern day football, the need to get the best paycheck has made loyalty a lost cause. There is the issue of player-power: players no longer have an affinity with their clubs. There is a new trend of ‘club prostitution’ owing to the financial boosters of commercial deals that can make a player a super-rich overnight celebrity. There is culture-shift in football that has heralded a change in perspectives in the eyes of the players. It is a change that has instigated the mantra: ‘get as much as you can from the deal’. But there are very few players who are a true representation of their clubs. These few have their clubs crested in their hearts. They live to die for their clubs. To mention the very few: AC Milan’s Paolo Maldini, Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard, Roma’s Francesco Totti and for our beloved club, Chelsea, there is no other than John Terry.
The legendary defender is a true representation of the ethos of Chelsea. He lived, led and killed for Chelsea. So impressed with his attitude that Phil Scolari had this to say about him:
“For John Terry, ‘dying on the field would be glory. You would need to kill him and maybe even then he would still play.”
This level of commitment is borne out of love for the club. Certainly, on countless occasion, John Terry demonstrated his love for the club in the blue shirt of Chelsea. No wonder he was heartbroken when a new contract was delayed by the club two seasons ago. His emotional statement sums up his love for the club:
“Unfortunately it was a no. It’s not going to be a fairytale ending”
He later signed a one-year deal and finally had his fairytale ending as a captain, legend and leader. His decision to move to the Championship to join Aston Villa despite numerous offers from Premier sides simply because he didn’t want to come up against Chelsea is a firm proof of his true loyalty to the club. John Terry is Mr. Chelsea, he personifies the club and will forever live in the hearts of the Chelsea faithful.
Let’s celebrate the greatest legend in Chelsea’s history. John Terry you rock our world! Cheers!