Shortly after leaving Chelsea in 2012, Didier Drogba was voted as the best player in Chelsea's history in a poll by the club's official magazine.
It seemed an emotional decision spurred by the Ivorian's heroics in Munich and the nostalgia felt by fans after having lost their first modern legend.
Now, as Chelsea bid farewell to the last member of the Stamford Bridge old guard, it is time for their fans to re-evaluate. John Terry is the player they should look back on as the main man behind their most successful period ever.
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Building from the back
Ever since Jose Mourinho took charge of the club for the first time in 2004, Chelsea have been renowned for their defensive prowess above all else.
Yes, there was Carlo Ancelotti's team in 2009/10, who scored a mammoth 103 league goals.
However, the Blues only netted a total of 217 in their three title successes under Mourinho. Not once under the Portuguese manager were they outright top scorers in the Premier League.
Leading by example
Furthermore, Chelsea boasted the best defensive record in the league in all three of Mourinho's triumphs. At the heart of that was their captain, who played every minute last season despite being 34-years-old when he lifted the Premier League for the fourth time.
In 2004/05, after leading a Chelsea side that conceded a paltry 15 league goals, he was named PFA Player of the Year. No defender has won the award since.
While Drogba had superb campaigns in 2006/07 and 2009/10 and delivered in big finals at Wembley and Munich, he did not have Terry's rock solid consistency.
He was not the man who made Chelsea tick.
Defenders matter too
John Terry is set apart from Petr Cech, his nearest challenger for Chelsea's greatest player ever, by his longevity at the club and his contribution as captain.
In superb attacking sides like Barcelona, we honour the attacking force of the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.
So why, then, should we remember this era in Chelsea's history for its goalscorers when they were led by the defender with the best record in Premier League history?
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