October 1998. A close-cropped teenager by the name of John Terry steps onto the pitch for the first time as a Chelsea player.
Twenty years later and five months after his final appearance, the 37-year-old has announced his retirement.
Here, we look back at the moments that defined the career of the former Chelsea and England captain.
He Is married to Toni (née Poole). In 2009, Terry was named “Dad of the Year” after he came top of a poll of UK adults in a Daddies Sauce survey.
Terry’s older brother, Paul (born 1979), is a former professional footballer, having notably played for Dagenham & Redbridge and Yeovil Town.
Terry was a Manchester United supporter growing up.
Terry is one of a very small group of footballers to have been paid more than £1 million for their autobiography. His deal with publisher HarperCollins was negotiated in 2004 by Chris Nathaniel of NVA Management.
In 2016, Terry paid the £1,600 funeral costs for an eight-year-old Chelsea fan with leukemia who died from an unsuccessful bone marrow transplantation.
After making his debut for Chelsea in a League Cup tie against Aston Villa in 1998, it was in an unlikely setting where Terry really first caught the eye.
Towards the end of the 1999-2000 season, he went on loan for six games to Nottingham Forest, who were managed at the time by ex-England midfielder David Platt.
A first brush with controversy
In September 2001, Terry was one of four Chelsea players fined by the club following a drinking binge in a hotel packed with American tourists grieving over the terror attacks on New York City’s twin towers at the World Trade Center, BBC reports.
The incident happened 24 hours after the attacks and the drunken behaviour took place at a hotel near Heathrow Airport, which was packed with American citizens stranded by flight cancellations.
The group included Terry, Frank Lampard, Jody Morris and Frank Sinclair. Chelsea’s Uefa Cup game that night against Levski Sofia had been called off as a mark of respect to the victims of the 9/11 attacks.
Chelsea’s then managing director, Colin Hutchinson, condemned the behaviour as “totally out of order” and said they had each been fined two weeks’ wages.
Captain at the double in 2010
Terry’s first two league titles under Jose Mourinho have often been seen as workmanlike, but the third in the double-winning season of 2009-10 was anything but.
The title was clinched with an 8-0 thumping of Wigan on the final day, meaning Chelsea ended the season on 103 league goals. Carlo Ancelotti’s side were the first team since Tottenham in 1961 to score three figures in the top flight.
Terry was once again integral, playing in 37 of the 38 league games and making more than 50 appearances in total.
He only managed two league goals but both were vital. The first was the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Manchester United, who finished as runners-up. And the other was a late winner in a 2-1 success against Burnley.
It helped Chelsea to become just the seventh club to claim the league and FA Cup double.
Extra touch from Terry
In 2005, Terry became the first defender – and the first Chelsea player – to be named the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year.
He was recognised after helping the Blues to just their second top-flight title, while his part in Chelsea’s run to the Champions League semi-finals saw him named the Uefa club defender of the year. He would go on to receive that recognition again in 2008 and 2009.
Premier League: 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10, 2014–15, 2016–17
FA Cup: 1999–2000, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12
Football League Cup: 2004–05, 2006–07, 2014–15
FA Community Shield: 2005, 2009
UEFA Champions League: 2011–12
UEFA Europa League: 2012–13
FA Cup runner-up: 2001–02, 2016–17
Football League Cup runner-up: 2007–08
FA Community Shield runner-up: 2006, 2010, 2012, 2015
UEFA Champions League runner-up: 2007–08
UEFA Super Cup runner-up: 2013
Chelsea Player of the Year: 2000–01, 2005–06
Premier League Player of the Month: January 2005
PFA Players’ Player of the Year: 2004–05
PFA Team of the Year: 2003–04 Premier League, 2004–05 Premier League, 2005–06 Premier League, 2014–15 Premier League
FIFA FIFPro World XI: 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2009
UEFA Club Defender of the Year: 2005, 2008, 2009
UEFA Team of the Year: 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009
FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 2006
PFA Team of the Century (1997–2007): 2007