The John Terry starting XI: Chelsea legend reveals his greatest lineup ever (and he’s in it naturally)

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Chelsea legend John Terry recently decided to unveil his all-time starting XI and it is quite a sight to behold. There is, of course the somewhat selfish decision to add himself to the list, but selflessness hasn’t always been one of Terry’s biggest strengths.

He is, however, one of the most accomplished players in Chelsea history and has won just about every major title he has ever competed for: four BPL titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, two FA Community Shields, the Champions League and the Europa League. Needless to say, he is at least somewhat entitled to a high opinion of himself.

Here is the all-time John Terry starting XI:

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Petr Cech Chelsea

GK Petr Cech

No surprise here, Terry won all but one of his titles for Chelsea with the superb Polish goalkeeper behind him.

Branislav Ivanovic

DF Branislav Ivanovic

A two-time PFA Team of the Year selection, Ivanovic has been a starter for seven straight seasons.

Ricardo Carvalho Chelsea

DF Ricardo Carvalho

Terry’s teammate in the middle for six solid seasons, Carvalho was the Chelsea Players’ Player of the Year in the 2007-08 season.

John Terry Chelsea

DF John Terry


Ashley Cole Chelsea

DF Ashley Cole

Cole was a four-time PFA Team of the Year selection and a two-time Chelsea Players’ Player of the Year.

Claude Makelele Chelsea

MF Claude Makelele

A top-notch defensive midfielder at Stamford Bridge, Makelele was the captain in 2006 in the absence of Terry and Lampard.

Frank Lampard

MF Frank Lampard

One of the greatest midfielder in English football history and the leading scorer in Chelsea history, Lampard played 13 seasons with Terry, scoring 147 goals in the process.

Eden Hazard

MF Eden Hazard

Hazard won the Premier League Player of the Season award last year and is still one of the best scoring chance creators in Europe.

Gianfranco Zola

FW Gianfranco Zola

Zola was a great forward and a two-time Chelsea Player of the Year, winning trophies for the Blues even before Terry arrived at Stamford Bridge.


FW Didier Drogba

Arguably the best striker in Chelsea history, Drogba led the Premier League in scoring twice and holds numerous major scoring records with the club.

Arjen Robben

FW Arjen Robben

In just three years with Chelsea, Robben won all four major English titles with the Blues and was one of the best wingers in the league.

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