Chelsea Football Club announced on Monday that Blues veteran and cult hero John Terry will leave the club at the end of the 2016-17 Premier League season, ending a glittering era for the iconic number 26 at Stamford Bridge. In light of this striking revelation, we're taking a moment to reminisce upon the the finest memorable moments (in no real particular order of significance) the man the fans dubbed 'Mr. Chelsea' had whilst donning the famous blue jersey, after 19 captivating seasons. After...
That Header Against Barcelona in 2005
After a humbling 2-1 defeat at the hands of Barcelona in the Champions League round of 16 first-leg clash at the ever imposing Camp Nou, Chelsea seemingly had their backs against the wall come the second-leg at Stamford Bridge.
With just 15 minutes left of play in the second showdown between the two clubs - with the tie dangling in the Catalans' favour due to away goal ruling despite Chelsea leading 3-2 - the Blues won themselves a corner.
Step-up Captain Fantastic. Damien Duff swung a ball deep into the danger area, and Terry sprung higher than any opponent to slam the ball past Victor Valdes with a pulsating header.
It ended 4-2 on the night, and 5-4 on aggregate, meaning Chelsea only just shaved the encounter to progress to the last 8. Terry ultimately dumped Ronaldinho and co. out of the competition.
Winning the Premier League Title in the 2004-05 Season
The 2004-05 Premier League campaign belonged to the Blues, and the title was indeed theirs for the first time in 50 long, arduous years.
The feat was completed in resounding fashion, as Chelsea smashed the points tally with a remarkable total of 95 being chalked by the end of the historic season.
It was Jose 'The Special One' Mourinho's first league title at Chelsea, although with Terry bearing the captain's armband throughout the season, you could put the domestic success widely down to his sheer passion and drive whilst on the pitch.
It was certainly a significant moment for Terry, as he began to embark upon a pioneering career as a true leader for the Blues.
The 'Full Kit' Scenario
Chelsea beat German giants Bayern Munich in their own back yard in the Champions League final back in 2012. The tensely contested tie went to penalties, and the Blues snatched the famous trophy from the Bavarian's clutches by winning the shootout with 4 conversions to Bayern's 3.
Terry, who was suspended for the final itself, was still part of his club's celebratory brigade, and despite his absence from participation, took it upon himself to clad himself in a full Chelsea home strip.
Being a man that embodies everything that Chelsea is fundamentally about, though, it was more than appropriate on a stage which he described as being one of the 'greatest' of his career.
Being the First Captain to Lift the FA Cup at the 'New' Wembley
Chelsea were in-fact the last club to win the world famous FA Cup trophy beneath the twin towers of the 'old' Wembley in 1997.
Although a decade later under the arch of the newly redeveloped Wembley, Chelsea found themselves becoming the inaugural club to lift the trophy at the new home of English football.
Didier Drogba won the final for the Blues thanks to his solitary goal in a 1-0 victory against Manchester United. Although it will be Terry which would go down as the first captain to walk the 107 step ascent towards the Royal Box to hold the famous cup aloft.
Claiming a League and FA Cup Double in 2010
History was made once again for Terry and his colleagues in 2010 when Chelsea managed to acquire the Premier League title and the FA Cup within the same season, resulting in an emphatic double.
No captain in Chelsea's broad history has ever managed to achieve such an illustrious honour, and Terry is still the most recent English skipper to have done so at any club in the top-flight.
Being Brutally Booted in the Face by Abou Diaby in 2007 Carling Cup Final
Amongst a strong array of personal accolades, cast your mind back to the moment the enigmatic skipper was accidentally forced into an unconscious state by Arsenal's Abou Diaby.
During the Blues 2-1 Carling Cup triumph over Arsene Wenger's Gunners, Terry was left struggling for breath after swallowing his tongue as a result from a kick to the face from the French midfielder.
The England international was left sprawled out on the Millennium Stadium's turf, and needed 5 minutes of urgent medical attention. Needless to say, it was undoubtedly a shuddering instance for everyone to watch.
After a short time in hospital, Terry was omitted, and that in itself stands as testament to his underlying tenacity.
Being Named Club Captain in 2004
With former Chelsea skipper Marcel Desailly leaving the Bridge in the summer of 2004, Jose Mourinho was left with a conundrum within his squad.
This is when Terry was appointed as the club's first-team captain, and the dream of leading his club towards virtually every single club distinction available became a sudden reality for the legendary centre-half, who was just 24 at the time.
The fabled defender - who began his career at the club at the tender age of 14 - could finally commence upon an esteemed progression with Chelsea as the club's undisputed commander on the pitch. There'll never be another one like him.