After 23 years: John Terry retires from soccer

The experienced English defender declined at the last minute an offer made by the Spartak of Moscow and since there was no other offer, he decided to withdraw

After 23 years: John Terry retires from soccer

John Terry, the remembered defender that in 2008 missed a penalty that could have given Chelsea his first Champions League against Manchester United, decided to retire as a professional footballer.

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"After 23 incredible years as a footballer, I decided that now is the right time to retire," Terry said, according to Directv Sports. The central defender won five Premier League titles during his stay in Chelsea, and recently was not interested in an offer from Spartak Moscow for family reasons, and amid rumors that he could return to Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea or remain in the Aston Villa, today in the second division, according to the same media.

According to the website the Russian team offered Terry 2.3 million euros for a one year contract. Initially the defender would have agreed after having a conversation with the managers, but at the last minute he declined the offer. quotes the publication that Terry made in his social networks where he informed his decision not to reach Russian football: "I have declined Spartak's offer, I would like to thank Spartak and wish them and their fans a lot of luck in The rest of the season, they are a very ambitious club, but after consulting with my family, we have decided what we consider best ", and after "meditating a lot ".



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Mundo Deportivo points out that the start of the Aston Villa defender came after his contract expired, signed for only one year. At the end of the season, the 'villain' team finished fourth in the standings, accessing a home run, in which they fell in the decisive game against Fulham.

Those who returned to the top category of English football were Wolverhampton and Cardiff City. Consequently, Terry preferred to leave and look for new airs that play one more year in the second of England. And now that Spartak's offer was not given, it will be without equipment at least until January when the European football winter market opens.

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Terry knows Hazard well and hopes that his name will appear among the finalists at the Golden Ball. The former English captain compared the Belgian with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi and even states that the end is above the Argentine and Portuguese star, according to Libero review. "He's on the same level as Messi and Ronaldo, without a doubt, I've seen him day after day for the last five or six years, and he's a great player, and he will only improve," the same website quotes.

The strong central defender played 16 years with the Chelsea jersey, time in which he won five Premier League and five FA Cup, also lifted the trophy of the Champions League in 2012, review Meanwhile, with the England National Team, he was international in 78 games, played two World Cups (Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010) and two European Championships (Portugal 2004 and Ukraine-Poland 2012).


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Translated from: 'Jhon Terry: el adiós al legendario defensor central'

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