Top 10: John Terry's best goals for Chelsea
The Chelsea captain has scored 55 goals for the west London club, we take a look at the most vital & spectacular
When we think of John Terry the footballer, we think of a rugged, determined and inspiring centre back who will put his body on the line time and time again for his team.
What we wouldn't expect of the former England captain is that he is consistent goal scorer with a penchant for the spectacular, however over his illustrious career he has scored 55 goals in the blue of Chelsea which is a record for a defender.
His position in the Chelsea team may not be as secure as in years gone due to age, but what he continues to do is score, having netted six times this season in limited appearances.
Heres a look at Terry's top ten goals:
10. Chelsea vs AS Roma 2008
The 2008/2009 Champions league group stage bout against Roma was a tight affair with Terry scoring a classic headed winner in a crucial 1-0 victory.
9. Arsenal vs Chelsea 2003
Terry was found free in the Gunner's box from a free kick on the right hand side that was met with a textbook diving header to open the scoring in an FA Cup game at Highbury. The game finished 2-2 with Terry's goal proving crucial to force a replay at Stamford Bridge.
8. Arsenal vs Chelsea 2004
Terry was on the scoresheet again when Chelsea visited the champions at Highbury in a draining contest that would be a strong indicator for how far Chelsea could go in the 2004/2005 season. It was another thumping headed that proved to be the all important equaliser in a 2-2 draw that no doubt laid down the foundations for Chelsea to romp to the title in 2005.
7. Chelsea vs West Ham 2006
With Chelsea down 1-0 and with a man sent off, the champions had to dig deep and they dug as deep as you could ever imagine as they surged to a remarkable 4-1 victory at Stamford Bridge. John Terry scored with a powerful low half volley strike that a even a striker would have been proud of.
6. Chelsea vs Manchester United 2009
The title race for the 2009/2010 season went right down to the wire with Chelsea eventually clinching it by a point. Terry's thumping header from a Frank Lampard corner at Stamford Bridge was the winner in a vital 1-0 victory that would have proved to be a huge psychological advantage for the remainder of the title race.
5. Sunderland vs Chelsea 2011
Chelsea were embarrassed 3-0 at Stamford Bridge by the Black Cats in the earlier meeting in the 2010-2011 Premier League season. Chelsea were on a revenge mission when they arrived at the Stadium of Light in February 2011 where in an enthralling encounter John Terry smacked a half volley into the ground just inside the penalty area which looped into the back of the net after Frank Lampard's stinging shot was parried away by Craig Gordan. He made the scores 3-2 in an eventual 4-2 victory that kept their title defence on track.
4. Chelsea vs Marseille 2010
The Blues welcomed Marseille during a Champions League group stage match in which the Blue's triumphed 2-0 courtesy of goals from Nicholas Anelka and John Terry. Terry's goal will perhaps go down as one of the best goals ever witnessed at Stamford Bridge as the skipper stuck out his right foot during a corner to flick home from a close but acute angle in Gianfranco Zola-esque fashion.
Centre backs are just not allowed to have those sorts of tricks in their locker, (only perhaps if you are David Luiz) but Terry exhibited a moment of sheer genius to wow the Stamfor Bridge faithful.
3. Chelsea vs Wigan 2009
Guus Hiddink had only recently taken over as Chelsea's 2008/2009 season threatened to fall to ashes, but the skipper did his best to uplift the players and supporters alike when he opened the scoring in a 2-1 victory with a superb striker. Frank Lampard hung a cross into a crowded box that was headed clear of danger by Titus Bramble, only for it to fall in the path of John Terry who unleashed a vicious left foot scissor kick that gave Chris Kirkland no chance. It may have taken a late deflection off Bramble's head, but nobody could deny the flawless technique illustrated by Chelsea's number 26.
2. Chelsea vs Napoli 2012
On route to European glory in 2012, Chelsea had their fair share of bumps along the road, with the one of the biggest being a 3-1 defeat to Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo in the first leg of their round of 16 Champions League tie. Chelsea returned to Stamford Bridge for the second leg needing a minor miracle and Didier Drogba scored a brilliant diving header to set the Blues on course.
A corner from Frank Lampard was met by none other than John Terry who smashed a header past a helpless Morgan De Sanctis to make it 2-0. Chelsea would march to victory in extra time 4-1, with Terry's goal worth it's weight in gold.
1. Chelsea vs Barcelona 2005
Chelsea welcomed Barcelona to Stamford Bridge in the second leg of their 2004/2005 Champions league round of 16 tie. The Catalan giants had already claimed a narrow 2-1 victory at Camp Nou and the Blues needed to win as well as contain Barca superstar Ronaldinho.
The match began in amazing fashion for the Blues as three goals inside 19 minutes from Eidur Gudjohnsen, Frank Lampard and Damien Duff saw Chelsea race to a 4-2 aggregate lead. Two goals from Ronaldinho, with the second being a strike of jaw-dropping quality, swung the tie back in Barcelona's favour. With 15 minutes to go and Chelsea on the verge of elimination at 4-4 on aggregate, up stepped John Terry.
The captain rose to the occasion as he headed home a priceless goal from a corner, his fourth Champions League goal, to put Chelsea back in front at 5-4 on aggregate as Stamford Bridge erupted into pandemonium. Chelsea held on to record a famous win.
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