Of the many numbers swirling around John Terry this week, one of the best to illustrate his wonderful longevity is the 21 partners he has had in the centre of Chelsea’s defence.
On one end of the spectrum, he has partnered World Cup winners. On the other, he was infrequently joined by Winston Bogarde, who once said: ‘I may be one of the worst buys in the history of the Premiership but I don’t care.’ There was also a player sent down for supplying drugs.
Here, Sportsmail gives a rundown of Terry’s partners and an idea of what happened next.
John Terry, pictured with the 2010 Premier League title, has had 21 partners at the heart of Cheslea’s defence
Terry (pictured left in 1998) signed a new one-year contract this week that will put him on £150,000 per week
Terry lifts the Premier League trophy after winning it in 2010 and the 34-year-old still has time for more yet
Alex (at Chelsea between 2004-2012) – played alongside Terry 94 times
The Brazil international spent eight years at Chelsea from 2004 and played alongside Terry 94 times. But he never truly established himself in the team and handed in a transfer request in 2012, ahead of a move to PSG.
He later said: ‘I had problems at the time with one person, who was Andre Villas-Boas, but not with the club.’
Chelsea’s Alex (left) celebrates with team-mate Terry during a Premier League game in October 2010
Tal Ben Haim (2007-2008) – played alongside Terry 11 times
Joined on a Bosman in 2007 and lasted just one season, playing alongside Terry only 11 times.
Shortly before leaving he became tangled in a bitter public argument with Avram Grant, saying in an interview: ‘If I knew Avram Grant was going to be the coach I would have signed for another club.
‘It was Jose Mourinho who brought me here and no one except he and I know the conversation we had. While Jose was the coach I played most of the games and people who know me know that I would not have come here to be a reserve. I knew nothing good would come for me with Grant as Chelsea coach.’
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