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John Terry Immediately Responds After Being Told He's 'Not Better' Than Rio Ferdinand, Wasn't Having It

Daniel Marland

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John Terry Immediately Responds After Being Told He's 'Not Better' Than Rio Ferdinand, Wasn't Having It

John Terry fired back immediately after being told he wasn't a better defender than fellow Premier League legend Rio Ferdinand.


Ferdinand and Terry reignited the GOAT debate on Thursday evening in a war of words which got extremely personal.

Former Chelsea captain Terry took issue with Manchester United stalwart Ferdinand placing him fifth in his list of greatest Premier League defenders.

That saw Ferdinand mention Terry's alleged racist abuse of his brother Anton, which Terry was cleared of in court.

During an appearance on talkSPORT, Carlton Palmer claimed he rated Ferdinand over Terry but would still have him in the top five.

Terry saw the clip on Twitter and replied: "Please repost Carlton Palmer's video saying 'I remember back in 1991 we played against Chelsea and the team talk was to target John Terry,' I was 11 and at School, and you're still getting him on your show."

Palmer accidentally claimed he played against Terry in the Rumbelows Cup [League Cup] in 1991 during a TV appearance, when at the time Terry would've been 11-years-old.

During his 19 year stint at Stamford Bridge, Terry made over 500 appearances and won six FA Cups, five Premier Leagues, three League Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League.

He was also club captain for a large period of that and was loved by Blues fans for his attitude on the pitch.

Palmer didn't disagree Terry was a great defender, but argued he didn't have the credentials to be in the very top bracket.

The former Sheffield Wednesday man explained: "John Terry was a very, very good defender. His argument would be he's won lots of trophies. He has, you can't argue with that debate. We're talking about who is the best defender.

Image Credit: Alamy
Image Credit: Alamy

"There'd be an argument that the two players he played with, [Marcel] Desailly and [Ricardo] Carvalho, were better than him. But I wouldn't argue with him going in the top five."

Palmer went on to list other defenders, such as Sol Campbell, Martin Keown, Jamie Carragher, Vincent Kompany and Ledley King.

He'd then swing back to Ferdinand and declared: "I don’t believe he was better than Rio Ferdinand, that’s for sure."

Featured Image Credit: John Terry/Twitter & Alamy

Topics: John Terry, Chelsea, Rio Ferdinand, Manchester United, Premier League

Daniel Marland
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