Terry reveals the toughest players he faced, including Lionel Messi

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Chelsea legend John Terry played against some of the biggest names in the world during his time at the club.

After helping Chelsea win five Premier League titles, five FA Cups and the Champions League, the Chelsea legend left the club with a hero’s send-off in 2017.

Terry has named Arsenal legend Thierry Henry as the toughest player he faced in the Premier League, and then named Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as some heavyweight names he came up against.

In a conversation with the former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen on the Unacademy platform, Terry was asked to name his toughest opponents and said: “Messi, Ronaldo…

“Thierry Henry was the hardest player I came up against in the Premier League.

“The Champions League was always another level and it was an absolute joy to test myself against the very best and pit my wits against some of the best players in history.”

Terry also revealed that he was pleased with the send-off he got from the club under former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.

“I didn’t play much that season because Antonio Conte came in and we were playing three at the back,” Terry added.

“I was coming to the end but we won the league which was fantastic for me. I wanted a proper send-off and Conte and Gary Cahill were excellent with me.

“Conte told me I could play the match but we came to an agreement that I would play for 26 minutes and that would allow Cahill to keep his rhythm ahead of the final the next weekend.

“It’s one of the favourite moments of my career. I remember other players like Lamps didn’t get the send-off they deserved so I was happy to go out how I wanted.”

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