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Internationally and domestically, John Terry has been one of the outstanding performers during recent years. He would have topped this list on several occasions throughout the past decade and remains one of the toughest defenders to beat.
Terry ranked fourth out of defenders on the EA Sports Index ranking, with only two central defenders (the top two on this list) rated above him. He also helped Chelsea to 15 clean sheets, the joint second highest total in the Premier League.
Additionally, Chelsea only conceded 33 goals all season, the joint best tally in the league. Terry’s presence is sorely missed whenever he is absent, reflected in the five games he missed last season, where Chelsea only managed two victories.
Terry has accomplished many individual accolades in the game, captaining England, appearing in PFA XI’s, UEFA XI’s, and World XI’s. He is the only defender the win the PFA Player of the Year prize since Paul McGrath in 1993.
Terry has also captained Chelsea to recurrent success in the past decade and will eventually go down as a legend at Stamford Bridge. Amazingly, with Jose Mourinho initially laying the foundations and with Terry anchoring proceedings, Chelsea have maintained a defence ranking in the top two of the Premier League since 2004.
Over the years, various off-field misdemeanours have detracted from his general consistency on the pitch. He lost the England captaincy due to off-field antics and although many have plagued his career, it has often caused him to be unnecessarily maligned when his form has been strong.
So decisive in the tackle, Terry was one of the few defenders to achieve a plus 70 percent success rate at both aerial and ground 50-50’s. Despite seeming defensively sound last season, Chelsea recorded nine Premier League losses, their worst total since 2003.
Terry appeared fractionally off his game, a factor that pegs him down a tier. Yet with Andre Villas-Boas now keen to lead Chelsea into a new dawn, it would surprise few were Terry to recapture his finest form