John Terry has left the Stamford Bridge pitch for the very first time.
The Chelsea captain announced earlier this season that he would not be signing a new contract with his beloved club, and would subsequently be moving on at the end of the current campaign.
Today the Chelsea fans have paid tribute to who is arguably the greatest ever player to pull on the shirt. Before kick-off, the Shed End paid tribute to Terry. With a banner thanking him for his impeccable services and chants of “John Terry has won the double”.
The Shed thanks Terry pic.twitter.com/vwW5TVAWQ3
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Chelsea were not done their with their tributes to the 36-year-old, however. As the clock struck 26 minutes, Diego Costa instructed Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford to kick the ball out of play – he obliged.
Terry left the field and was replaced by Gary Cahill, having been embraced by every single one of his teammates, and given a guard of honour by them as he left the field.
JT receiving a guard of honour from teammates. pic.twitter.com/lQtHWjrl8w
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It was an emotional moment for everyone involved with Chelsea football club, and the end of an era. But as the saying goes, legends never die – and Terry’s legacy will live on long after his departure.