Chelsea captain John Terry has hit back at his haters by claiming that fans of other teams would love to have him play for them, according to the Daily Mirror.
Terry is regarded as a legend at Stamford Bridge, but by contrast is one of the most reviled players in the game elsewhere in the Premier League thanks to a number of controversies both on and off the pitch.
Having had his affair with the girlfriend of former teammate Wayne Bridge exposed (via Daily Mail), he was then caught up in a racism scandal and found guilty of verbally abusing ex-QPR defender Anton Ferdinand (via BBC), which have turned him into a target for ire from the stands, thus taking the sheen off his achievements over a highly successful career.
But Terry has said he is sure a lot of the boo boys of a weekend would love him if he was on their side.
“I’m sure that if I was in their team they would love me in their team because I am one of those players who gives everything to the cause,” he said.
“Unfortunately the stick comes with it but I am very much used to that now.
“I do get a lot of stick, not only in the UK but everywhere we go really.
“But I thrive on that and try and use it in a positive way but I certainly don’t try and block it out.
“I use it to my advantage because nine times our of ten if I can stay focused and keep the team focused we are going to come out as winners.
“And when you walk off the pitch having done your job and having done it the right way and go off with three points there is not much more to say.
“You hope that when you hang up your boots, you don’t want to be hated, you just want to be thought of as a very good footballer and someone who gave everything for their club.”
During his 17 years at the club he has picked up 15 trophies (four Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three league cups, the Champions League, Europa League and two Community Shields) and hopes that his success will be how people remember him when he finally hangs up his boots.
“Well, there are an awful lot of trophies, so you can’t hide away from that.
“Regardless of what people say you can’t take away what I have won and done in the game.
“As a person and player that’s for anyone who has met me. Anyone who has not met me shouldn’t be judging me and questioning my character and the person I am.
“But footballing wise they have had an opportunity to see me play and if you are a football person you can make a judgement on whether I am a good player or not.
“But it all comes down to trophies and what I’ve won and at the end of my career I will look back and I will be very, very proud with what I have achieved if it finished tomorrow.”
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