Jamie Carragher is a Premier League and Liverpool legend.
In his 11-year international playing career, Carragher also got to know Chelsea legend John Terry quite well as the duo often marshaled the defence for the Three Lions.
Most people remember Terry for his excellent leadership
As a player, most people remember Terry for his impressive command of Chelsea and a no-nonsense defender, a type of which is hardly seen in the game today. Terry won five Premier League titles with Chelsea as well as five FA Cups, three League Cups, one Champions League, and one Europa League.
There is no better symbol for Chelsea’s rise than Terry, together with fellow club legends Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard. He was fearless in tackles, not afraid to put injure his body, and was extremely athletic, so much so that he could pull off diving headers excellently, something that few are able to master. With his near-excellent passing, Terry was able to command the team well, a trait he seems to have passed on successfully to Cesar Azpilicueta.
Terry had a knack for scoring goals, a trait rare among defenders
He also had a knack for scoring goals and finished with 68 club goals in his career, something unusual for a defender. His knack for being a team player was highlighted in 2006 during a game against Reading in the Premier League when in a freak occurrence, first-choice keeper Petr Cech and substitute Carlo Cudicini were injured, forcing Terry to go into goal.
Now Carragher has provided some further insight into Terry, which fans may not have been able to see. Carragher was rather humble, even going as far as to say imply that Terry was technically a better player than him.
“John Terry was basically a better version of me,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“He was bigger, more powerful, better quality on the ball as well. He was one who when you trained with him went up a level in your eyes. You knew he was a great player.
“Technically, he’s a lot better than he’s given credit for. People always talk about John Terry being this man who put his head and his body in front of everything — and he would — and we talk about Rio Ferdinand being the player who was great on the ball.
“But we forget that Rio was a great defender and that John Terry was great on the ball.”