John Terry has insisted “the stats don’t lie” after Rio Ferdinand ranked him as the fifth-best centre-back in Premier League history.
The BT Sport pundit, discussing the matter with Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk, put the pair, along with Nemanja Matic and Jaap Stam, ahead of Terry.
Ferdinand and Terry have priors after the latter was accused of using racist language towards the younger brother of his former England teammate Anton during a match between Chelsea and QPR in 2011.
Rio Ferdinand placed John Terry as the fifth-best centre-back of the Premier League era
Terry was unimpressed with his placement in Ferdinand’s Premier League defender rankings.
Terry responded with a graph that compiles a series of statistics and says “stats don’t lie”.
After being ranked fifth by Ferdinand in the Premier League’s all-time best centre-backs list, Terry was unimpressed and responded in a post on his Instagram story.
He compiled a number of charts, including the number of times he has made it to the World XI and his winning percentage is higher than any other defender.
The 41-year-old posted a series of charts on his Instagram story, including the number of times he’s made it to the World XI, the captains with the most Premier League titles and his winning percentage is higher than any other. advocate.
Terry is considered one of the best defenders in the Premier League with five titles won for Chelsea.
Ferdinand and Terry were rivals at their clubs, but they were teammates on the England team.
Terry accompanied the chart with the caption, “Opinions are great, but the stats don’t lie.”
The Chelsea legend was placed under police investigation in November 2011 following allegations of racial abuse against then-QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.
Video footage circulating on the internet led to accusations that Terry called Ferdinand a “f***ing black c***”.
In response to the video, Terry claimed that he was actually asking Ferdinand: ‘Hey, Anton, do you think I called you a black f***?’
Terry received a four-game suspension and a £220,000 fine from the Football Association, however he was acquitted in court after being charged over the incident and has always denied abusing Ferdinand.
a 2020 The BBC documentary ‘Football, Racism and Me’ reviewed the incident and it was said during the show that Terry decided not to talk to Anton Ferdinand or take part in the show.
Terry claimed this was untrue and insisted that there have been multiple occasions over the years where he has gone out of his way to contact both Anton and Rio, who described Terry as “an idiot” in his autobiography published on 2014.
Ferdinand and Terry’s relationship soured after the Chelsea legend was accused of using racist language towards Anton Ferdinand during a match with Queens Park Rangers in 2011.
Terry told the Times: ‘It’s disappointing to read and hear that I’ve never gotten close.
I tried to call Rio and Anton numerous times, literally the same night. [as the game]the next day and that week after the incident.
Then about three or four years ago, I saw Rio on the beach in Dubai, so I went up to him and said, “Do you have five minutes? I’d like to talk to you.” He told me, “I don’t want to talk to you, JT.”
Liverpool star Van Dijk placed Terry fourth in his own all-time ranking.
He omitted himself and put Ferdinand up, following the former United defender with Vincent Kompany, Stam, Terry and former Liverpool captain Sami Hyypia.
However, Ferdinand praised Terry while in conversation with Van Dijk.
He said of Terry: “In terms of their longevity at that club, what they earned, the body at stake, a much better footballer than people think, he could play with his left and right foot.”
Ferdinand placed Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk as the third best defender in the Premier League
After putting Van Dijk third, the Dutchman disagreed, saying: ‘I’ve only won one Premier League.’
However, Ferdinand replied, “Yes, I know, but I think the impact you have on the team is huge and your attributes will put you at the top level.”
Terry is considered one of the best defenders in the Premier League, winning the title five times.
Ferdinand and Van Dijk agreed that the former Manchester United defender should take the top spot.