The Chelsea versus Sunderland Premier League match on Sunday had a dramatic setting as play was paused in the 26th minute to enable Chelsea give their 36-year old skipper a befitting send-off.
The timing was also symbolic. The 26th minute was probably chosen to mark the shirt number 26 which he wore for the 17 years he played for Chelsea. He was given a symbolic guard of honour by his teammates.
He walked off with tears in his eyes. He was given a rapturous reception at the Bridge as he made his way off the pitch for the final time.
The Chelsea fans sang “he’s won it all” as he walked off the pitch to a standing ovation before being replaced by Gary Cahill who was handed the captain’s armband.
Earlier, he had shared an emotional farewell in a video with Chelsea’s official club magazine.
He said Chelsea fans singing his name has made him feel like ‘the best defender in the world’ He signed the video off by declaring: ‘I love you from the bottom of my heart and forever’
Terry, 36, is leaving Chelsea and was initially expected to extend his playing career, yet it is unknown where he is going to be featuring next season. Retirement also remains at option for Terry.
And after 22 years of service, five league titles, five FA Cups and a Champions League, Terry offered the fans a heartfelt goodbye en route to the ground.