John Terry is associated with many things in English football.
To Chelsea fans, he’s their captain fantastic who was once one of European football’s finest defenders, leading the club to much success.
And to all else, he’s a controversial centre-back famed for having an affair with England teammate Wayne Bridge’s girlfriend and racially abusing Rio Ferdinand’s brother, Anton.
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However, what few would know Terry for is his keepy-uppy skills. The 35-year-old is currently out injured with an Achilles injury, but that didn’t stop him from showboating on his Instagram page whilst sitting on the floor in smartwear.
Check out the uploaded footage - taken at his house - below.
Some tidy footwork from a centre-back, I think you’ll agree. What’s more impressive is that he juggles the ball so calmly knowing that there’s a table full of glassware just behind him. One slip up and - catastrophe.
It’s a good job he’s paid in excess of £100,000-per-week to play football.
Terry appears to be on the mend, then, having not played for Chelsea since a 2-2 draw with West Ham on March 19.
The Englishman will hope his return comes sooner rather than later given he is due to leave Stamford Bridge this summer. Terry was told earlier this year that his contract wouldn’t be extended in west London, bringing his 18-year career in Chelsea’s first team to an end.
Fans were understandably shocked at the news, with many adamant that the Blues would be making a mistake by releasing the last remaining member of the famous spine that once dominated English football.
Terry has persistently reiterated his desire to stay, yet Chelsea appear set to show him the exit much like they did Petr Cech and Didier Drogba last year, and Frank Lampard the year before.
Following a season that has lacked leadership, the Blues’ decision to ship their talismanic captain and leader is bewildering and could hold a detrimental impact to their future aspirations.
With regards to the present, Chelsea are nearing the close of a season which has seen them surrender their Premier League title in embarrassing fashion and sack Jose Mourinho as their manager.
They currently sit ninth in the top-flight, with a summer of big changes on the horizon when Antonio Conte takes over following the European Championships in France.
And perhaps Conte’s first order of business - even before he arrives - should be to ensure Terry’s future at Stamford Bridge.
Experience and leadership are vital to any title-aspiring side, and no one more than Chelsea’s skipper personifies the grit and passion needed to steer a club forwards.