John Terry's 5 Greatest Moments at Chelsea

Garry Hayes@@garryhayesFeatured ColumnistMarch 24, 2013

John Terry's 5 Greatest Moments at Chelsea

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    Since making his Chelsea debut against Aston Villa in 1998, John Terry has gone on to become one of the club's greatest players.

    He has lifted league titles, FA Cups, League Cups and even the Champions League—although an indiscretion in the 2012 semifinal against Barcelona meant he was forced to sit out the final.

    Despite this success, however, he has long come in for criticism for his perceived antics away from the game. Despite how his character may be viewed, there is no doubting Terry is one of the stand-out players of his generation.

    For a player who has achieved so much, what are his greatest moment in a Chelsea shirt? Ranking them in chronological order, Bleacher Report takes a look at some of the 32-year-old's high points in a glorious career.

Being Appointed Chelsea Captain (2004)

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    There are many great things Jose Mourinho did during his three years at Stamford Bridge. The masterstroke was making John Terry captain.

    Up to Mourinho's arrival, Marcel Desailly had been the man who donned the club's armband, but with the French ace leaving the Blues in the summer of 2004, Terry was identified as the leader Mourinho would need.

    And boy has he delivered.

    In the nine years since Mourinho's appointment, Terry's achievements have dwarfed all those before him. There is no more successful a captain in the club's history than the No. 26, with Terry leading the Blues to three Premier League crowns, four FA Cups and two League Cups.

    Had it not been for an unfortunate slip in Moscow in 2008, he would have even delivered the Blues the Champions League.

    But looking at his medal haul tells only half the story. He has personified this Chelsea team for the past decade, battling for every ball and inspiring them when they need it the most. He's put his body on the line, playing through injuries and even being knocked unconscious in the 2007 League Cup Final against Arsenal.

    There's nothing Terry hasn't done in a bid to bring success to Chelsea.

    The banner reads: "JT: Captain, Leader, Legend." Given the above, it's not hard to figure why Chelsea fans think just that.

That Header Against Barcelona (2005)

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    There have been some fine bouts between Chelsea and Barcelona down the years. Just for the sheer tension of the occasion, last season's Champions League semifinal was one. The 2009 clash didn't disappoint either, as Andres Iniesta's late goal sealed Barca's place in the final.

    Above all, though, Chelsea vs. Barcelona in 2004 stands out as the greatest.

    The Blues had lost the first leg of the tie 2-1 in the Nou Camp, and while Didier Drogba's red card that night had grabbed the headlines, the return at Stamford Bridge would do the same for all the right reasons.

    In a pulsating match, goals from Eidur Gudjohnsen, Frank Lampard and Damien Duff had seen Chelsea race clear into a 3-0 lead after just 19 minutes. With the scores 4-2 on aggregate, Barcelona were not just being thumped on the night—they were being well and truly dumped out of the competition.

    The tide soon turned, however, when Ronaldhino scored from the spot after Paulo Ferreira had handled inside the box. Chelsea protested, but if there was any doubt over the penalty claim, there could be none for Ronaldhino's second, as he scored a sublime goal from just outside the penalty area, silencing all 41,000 fans inside Stamford Bridge.

    It would have been worthy of sending Barca through, but they hadn't banked on Captain Marvel himself stepping up to add another twist to the tale.

    With just shy of 15 minutes left on the clock, John Terry rose highest inside the Barcelona box to nod home Duff's corner and seal the win in dramatic fashion.

    Almost 10 years on, this game is still fondly remembered on the Stamford Bridge terraces and it will be for a good time yet.

    Has Terry scored a more important goal?

Winning the Premier League (2005)

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    To appreciate the extent of Chelsea's achievement in lifting the Premier League trophy in 2005, one must go back 50 years.

    In 1955, just before rock n' roll would inspire a generation, Ted Drake guided Chelsea to their one and only league title. The star man that year would have been Roy Bentley, who captained the Blues in that historic season. So fast forward half a century and it's a simple task to understand why John Terry's league success with the Blues is more significant than that of any other player.

    When he first stepped onto the pitch in Chelsea colors against Aston Villa in Oct. 1998, Terry was just 17 years old. Lifting the title would have seemed a million miles away from where he was back then, but he rose through the ranks to achieve where so many before him had failed.

    The 2004-05 season was the making of Terry and he hasn't looked back since.

Becoming the First Captain to Lift the FA Cup at Wembley (2007)

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    For a club that had enjoyed very little success at Wembley until the late '90s, it's perhaps a surprise to consider Chelsea figure so prominently in the famous stadium's annals.

    Roberto Di Matteo scored the fastest-ever Wembley cup final goal in 1997, while the Italian made history again just three years later, scoring the winner against Aston Villa. That goal ensured the Blues would be the last club to win the FA Cup beneath the Twin Towers.

    From the last to the first, Chelsea made history once more in 2007, becoming the inaugural club to lift the FA Cup at the redeveloped stadium.

    It was perhaps a game to forget, as the Blues overcame Manchester United 1-0 courtesy of Didier Drogba's extra-time winner. But try telling that to John Terry, who will be forever remembered as the first captain to walk all 107 steps to the Royal Box and lift the FA Cup.

    It wasn't in Chelsea colors, but a few weeks later, Terry etched his name into another piece of Wembley folklore, scoring the first goal as an England international at the new stadium. The Three Lions drew 1-1 with Brazil.

Winning the League and Cup Double (2010)

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    Whereas John Terry had followed in the steps of others by lifting league trophies and FA Cups in the past, he made history for himself in 2010 when the Blues sealed the Premier League and FA Cup double.

    No Chelsea captain before him had completed such a feat. In fact, just six teams in the 125-year history of The Football League have, although Arsenal and Manchester United have done so more than once.

    Nonetheless, Terry is the most recent captain in English football to get his hands on both trophies in one season.

    It was a historic year all round for the Blues, as they also became the first club to break the 100-goal barrier in a season, scoring 103 Premier League goals as they finished the season with an incredible plus-71 goal difference.