John Terry’s 6 worst moments on and off the pitch 23 years on from Chelsea debut

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Very few footballers finish their careers having accomplished as much in the game as John Terry did.

The tough-tackling centre-back was one of the greatest defenders of his generation, captaining Chelsea for much of his 20-year career and earning 78 England caps.

Terry also won an impressive five Premier League titles and the Champions League.

But while his leadership was regularly praised by teammates and coaches, he was involved in controversy on and off the pitch.

Daily Star Sport takes a look at John Terry’s most controversial moments and biggest on-pitch blunders during his long career.

Kneeing Alexis Sanchez

Perhaps one of Terry’s biggest career regrets is his moment of madness against Barcelona in the 2012 Champions League semi-final.

The centre-half inexplicably kneed Alexis Sanchez in the back of the thigh in an off the ball incident and was sent off after just 37 minutes.

Luckily, Chelsea edge past the tournament favourites and into the final, where Terry was absent but somehow managed to make another infamous howler…

Full-kit John

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Chelsea were without their skipper, Ramires, Raul Meireles and Branislav Ivanovic for the final against Bayern Munich due to suspension.

But it became one of the club’s greatest ever nights when the Blues managed to scrape a 1-1 draw in normal time before winning 4-3 on penalties.

Yet the suspended captain, who had been wearing a suit while his teammates won the match, changed into full Chelsea gear after the final whistle to lift the trophy and take pictures.

Terry was ridiculed on social media for his David Brent-like decision to don a full-kit despite not having played a minute of the final.

2008 Champions League final slip

Chelsea were all set to win their first Champions League title and all that was needed was Terry to tuck away his penalty in the shoot-out.

Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo was in tears after missing his own spot-kick and the stage was set for a legendary moment.

But as the Blues skipper stepped up to clinch the win, he slipped while making contact with the ball and sent the ball crashing into the post and out.

United went on to win the shoot-out and Terry’s gut-wrenching miss was memed far and wide on the internet.

9/11 incident

The Chelsea squad’s flight was immediately grounded following the devastating attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001

But on a historically tragic day, Terry and three other Chelsea stars found themselves at the centre of controversy.

The Blues players – including Frank Lampard, Jody Morris and Frank Sinclair – were accused of drunkenly mocking a group of stranded American tourists at the Posthouse Hotel at Heathrow as they gathered to watched the news.

Chelsea managing director at the time, Colin Hutchinson, said their behaviour was "totally out of order".

Terry and his teammates were fined two weeks wages by Chelsea. They “categorically” denying that they intended to insult the Americans.

Accused of racism

The incident that cast the biggest shadow over the defender’s career was perhaps when he was accused of racism by QPR’s Anton Ferdinand during a clash at Loftus Road in 2011.

He was stripped of his England captaincy by the FA for a second time, which then led to Fabio Capello resigning after the Italian had claimed it was the wrong decision.

Terry was found not guilty of racially abusing Ferdinand at Westminster Magistrates' Court following a five-day trial.

However, the FA found him guilty of "using abusive language" and he was banned for four matches and fined £220,000.

A Twitter spat ensued between brother of Anton, Rio, and Chelsea teammate Ashley Cole which escalated the matter even further.

Wayne Bridge scandal

The first time Terry was stripped of the England captaincy was in January 2010 after allegations surfaced in newspapers that he had an affair with the ex-partner of his former teammate, Wayne Bridge.

Vanessa Perroncel denied that an affair had ever taken place.

Terry and his fellow Chelsea defender had been close friends at Stamford Bridge and went on vacations together, but after the allegations broke Bridge refused to shake Terry's hand before the Blues played Manchester City.

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