John Terry says Thierry Henry was his toughest Premier League opponent

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Having made his Chelsea debut in 1998, John Terry has plenty of Premier League experience.

During the 18 seasons, the commanding centre-back has played in 481 league matches. In that time, Terry has faced some of the best strikers the world has ever seen.

He's has had to mark the likes of Luis Suarez, Sergio Aguero and Cristiano Ronaldo whilst at Stamford Bridge but when asked of his toughest opponent in the top-flight, the 35-year-old didn’t pick one of these three.


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Instead, he opted for Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.

"The toughest [opponent] would be Thierry Henry," the ex-England captain told 

"He was special.”

Despite the plethora of attacking talent in Premier League history, it’s hard to disagree with Terry’s pick.

During eight campaigns at the north London club, the Frenchman scored 174 goals in 254 league matches helping Arsene Wenger’s side lift two Premier League trophies.

And Terry obviously found it difficult to deal with Henry’s incredible talents. The striker scored ten goals against the Blues in all competitions.

The future of Terry is still unresolved with less than two weeks of the current campaign remaining. The centre-back announced he would be leaving the west London side in the summer when his contract expires but, with Antonio Conte arriving after the European Championships, it’s unclear whether the Italian will want to keep the skipper at the club.

Meanwhile, Terry’s toughest opponent is back at Arsenal having been named the club’s under-18 assistant manager and he begins his managerial career.

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