'Better than me' - Jamie Carragher gives verdict on Chelsea legend John Terry

Kaya Kaynak November 11, 2020
'Better than me' - Jamie Carragher gives verdict on Chelsea legend John Terry
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Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has revealed his thoughts on Chelsea legend John Terry in an interview with talkSPORT.

The former England captain’s trophy-laden career spanned 492 Premier League matches including 39 against Carragher’s Liverpool.

And while the two often clashed on the pitch it now appears they shared a mutual respect off it.

Best in the Premier League

Across his own illustrious career Carragher faced several tough opponents.

When asked to pick who he thought were his top five though, Terry comfortably made the list.

“For me he was the best centre back of the Premier League era” he said of Terry.

“He was my type of player.  He was basically a better version of me to be honest.

“I think his football ability is massively underrated. He was a great player.

“When I was going through my list I didn’t have an English player and I wanted to get someone in there and I thought I’d go for John Terry as I couldn’t get Stevie [Gerrard] in!”

Terry’s ball-playing ability

John Terry made a name for himself as a no-nonsense defender who would throw his head at literally anything to stop it going in.

It was this attitude that saw him strike up a solid partnership with Rio Ferdinand at the heart of the England defence during the ‘golden generation’ era.

However, Carragher believes one part of his game that people tend to miss was his ability on the ball.

“He could switch the ball 40/50 yards on his left foot” he said.

“I always felt it was John Terry who was the defender and Rio Ferdinand was the footballer.

“But Rio was a much better defender than he was given credit for and I think John Terry was a much better footballer than he was given credit for.”

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Carragher’s top five

Carragher clearly rated Terry very highly. But the former Chelsea man was only number four on his list of top five opponents.

Barcelona legends Xavi and Lionel Messi came in at three and two respectively.

But Carragher believes his toughest ever opponent was Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.

“I think most people would agree with me in saying he’s the greatest player to ever play in the Premier League” Carragher said of the Frenchman.

“That Arsenal team, of that era, I still say was the best team I ever played against – even when I’m thinking of the Milan, Madrid’s and Barcelona’s sides I faced.

“Possibly they [Arsenal and Henry] underachieved in terms of never winning the Champions League.

“He was fantastic and definitely the toughest player I ever came up against. I think he was the best player in the world for a year or two around that era with Arsenal.”

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Kaya is a sports journalist who is desperately missing football. He has worked with talkSPORT, 90min.com, GiveMeSport and CBC. He has a first class master's degree in international journalism from City University of London. He is also a fluent Turkish speaker and is proficient in French. Follow him on twitter @kayakaynak97 for all his latest articles.