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While we have so far touched on Terry's greater goal threat, leadership skills and on-pitch durability, what of the two centre-backs’ actual style of defensive play, though?
Well, Ferdinand has always been viewed as a continental-type sweeper with the ability to bring the ball out of defence at his feet before then starting off attacks with neat passes along the ground to team-mates.
In fact, former England coach Glenn Hoddle viewed a young Ferdinand as having the potential and passing range and ability to become a libero in the mould of, say, Franz Beckenbauer.
Equally, though, Ferdinand’s career has also been marked by losses of concentration at the back and often periods of casualness, characteristics that could never be attributed to Terry.
And that is because when you think of the Blues skipper, what immediately comes to mind is an image of an old-school, no-nonsense English-style central defender who has a though-shall-not-pass mentality about him at all times on the field of play.
However, it would also be grossly unfair to characterise Terry solely as being as a defensive stopper with little panache or touch to his game—that could not be further from the truth.
In fact, the Chelsea central defender has a surprisingly deft touch for such a big man, as well as an under-rated passing range that is the equal of his rivals.
And when that is taken into consideration, it is the Blues stalwart who just edges this particular one-on-one battle, with this season’s head-to-head statistics only further proving the point...