Nothing wrong with honouring a legend

Chelsea honoured their most decorated player of all time at the weekend as John Terry played his final game for the club, but the headlines are not about their lifting the Premier League trophy but about how ‘over the top’ they were for their captain.

The whole day was going to be an emotional affair on Sunday, with Terry – a true living legend, a word often chucked around all too easy – playing his final game for the club.

One of only five players to have played over 500 games for the club, he is their highest scoring defender of all time and has won every trophy on offer to him with The Blues – so why shouldn’t he be celebrated?

It began in the guard of honour with Terry leading Chelsea out and Sunderland doing their bit, the visitors even went that bit further when agreeing to make sure the ball went out of play on 26-minutes – Terry’s number – for him them to be substituted.

That was one of many standing ovations Terry got, and afterwards the fan-fare continued – and as Terry struggled to hold back the tears, he was quick to point to others for his success. His praise of Steve Holland was from the heart, and he followed that up in picking out owner Roman Abramovich and head coach Antonio Conte.

Chelsea have every right to praise a player, whose like might never been seen again. Someone who has come through the ranks, one of their own and a true legend with the silverware and medals to prove it.

Yes he is not going elsewhere for a couple of seasons, which we have seen many times in recent seasons with Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard both opting to finish their careers elsewhere.

Personally I think Terry should hang-up his boots now, but he clearly feels he has more to give so why not let him carry on – what is the problem?

At the end of the day, what Chelsea did is fine – the problem many people clearly have is just for who they did it too?

Terry comes with a lot of off-field baggage and he clearly has many detractors and it is those people who have a real issue with how Chelsea signed off the career of one of their most beloved players of all time.

I have no issue at all, indeed to come out and show contempt for it is just small minded ignorance and thinly veiled contempt for Terry himself. He is a Chelsea legend, and English footballing legend – no petulant column inches will change that.

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