John Terry: Five things you didn't know

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Did you know John George Terry supported Manchester United growing up, enjoys playing golf with Niall from One Direction and was Dad of the Year in 2009?

Here, we look at five things you may not have heard about the Chelsea skipper, who is considering retiring when he leaves the club at the end of the season.

DIRECTION

In June 2014, keen golfer Terry teamed up with Sky pundit Jamie Redknapp to take on Niall Horan from boyband One Direction and former Chelsea team-mate Andriy Shevchenko at Wisley golf course in Surrey.

The pre-season tussle saw Terry and Redknapp get the better of the pop pin-up and ex-Chelsea forward, who went on to become a semi-professional golfer. The Blues skipper also struck up a friendship with Australian snooker player Neil Robertson when the former world number one visited Cobham training ground for a game of pool.

Robertson claimed Terry was “a lot better” than he expected after losing the first frame. A man of many talents.

TERRY THE TERRIER

Barring a brief loan spell at Nottingham Forest, Terry has spent the whole of his career at Stamford Bridge. But did you know Steve Bruce was on the verge of taking the defender to Huddersfield in 2000?

It was while a 19-year-old Terry was at the City Ground and Bruce was in the process of doing his Football Association coaching badges. Bruce told the Guardian in an interview six years ago: “I bid £750,000 for him, it was a lot of money for me then, and Chelsea accepted it.

But the boy didn’t want to leave Stamford Bridge at the time. I was close, but at the death he didn’t want to go.”

DAY OF THE YEAR

Terry has posted many a picture of himself with his kids on his Instagram account, and why shouldn’t he? He was, after all, named Dad of the Year in 2009.

The former England skipper topped a poll run by Daddies Sauce to win the sought-after accolade, beating off stiff competition in the form of Peter Andre and then-PM Gordon Brown. After winning the award, Terry said:

“I have won many trophies in my career but I’m proud to say that this is up there with all of them.” Terry narrowly missed the birth of twins Georgie and Summer, despite a frantic rush from an England training camp in Portugal.

Morning cuddles with @georgie26terry 💙 @sum26terry 💙

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BETTER THE RED DEVIL YOU KNOW

Chelsea stalwart Terry was a Manchester United fan growing up and still has nothing but praise for the club’s former manager Sir Alex Ferguson. In an interview with the Guardian in 2006 the centre-back revealed he supported United as a boy as “you want to support the team that’s winning everything”.

He quickly covered his back, adding: “But my first day at Chelsea I knew that was the club I wanted to be at. I just loved it.”

Sir Alex took Terry under his wing when he went up to Manchester to train with United’s kids before signing for the Blues, and has played for Ferguson’s side in a Unicef charity game organised by David Beckham.

AN INTERNET SENSATION

One thing you probably do know about Terry (but it is worth reminding ourselves) is that he caused an internet sensation back in 2012. Picture the scene. Chelsea had just won the Champions League final by beating German giants Bayern Munich 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra time.

Terry, who was suspended for the game, appeared on the pitch to lift the trophy inexplicably decked out in his full Chelsea kit – including shinpads. He was mercilessly lampooned on social media via a series of memes which included Terry gatecrashing the moon landing and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding and also holding up a tank in Tiananmen Square, all in full kit.

Despite being suspended, Leicester’s Robert Huth celebrated his side’s title last year by putting on his kit and tweeting: “Going full John Terry today!! #fullkit #LCFC.”

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Woodward with Mourinho.

Manchester United are performing better than expected off the field and are now predicting record revenues of up to £570million this year.

Jose Mourinho’s men sit sixth in the Premier League and have the Europa League final against Ajax to look forward to next week.

But despite league struggles and being without Champions League football, United have raised guidance on revenue and profit for the year ending June 30, 2017.

United have increased projected revenue in their third quarter results to between £560million to £570million – a £30million rise on the second quarter prediction.

The club achieved a record profit of £191.9million last year and, despite big-name acquisitions and the lack of Champions League football, are on course for earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation of between £185million to £195million.

United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said: “As we near the end of the season, I am delighted we have picked up two trophies so far, and look forward to competing for a third in the Europa League final, the only trophy we have never won.

“We are forecasting better full year financial performance than expected and as such have raised our revenue and profit guidance for the year.

“We look forward to a strong finish to 2016-17, both on and off the pitch.”

Total revenue for the fiscal third quarter ending March 31, 2017 was £127.2million and broadcasting revenues of £31.4million were up 12.9 per cent for the quarter.

Staff costs rose 18.3 per cent on the previous year quarter and net debt is £366.63million, representing a £17.6million increase over the year but US dollar debt principal remains unchanged.

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Eric Cantona shocked the world 20 years ago when he decided to hang up his boots at the age of 30.

The Manchester United captain had just lifted his fifth league title in six years having previously been at Leeds.

It was at Old Trafford where Cantona truly became a Premier League icon as he graced the number seven shirt so closely associated with United’s greatest stars.

In 2013, another United great, David Beckham called time on his career. The Englishman bid farewell to football as a Paris Saint-Germain player after spells at Real Madrid, LA Galaxy and AC Milan.

Here, we look at five of the best to ever wear the fabled number for the Red Devils.

GEORGE BEST

United appearances: 470
United goals: 179

Joining United as a shy, retiring teenager from Northern Ireland, few could predict the impact Best would have on the football world – and beyond.

The first footballer to truly cross over into the world of celebrity Best was also a superb master of his craft – his weaving runs and marvellous goals were a staple at Old Trafford.

Best won two First Division titles and the European Cup and was on the score-sheet as United beat Benfica to lift the European Cup in 1968 – just a decade on from when manager Matt Busby’s team was decimated following the Munich air disaster.

The man dubbed ‘El Beatle’ would see his career head into decline after leaving United in 1973 and his long-standing battle with alcoholism ended when he died in 2005 aged 59.

Cantona himself paid tribute to Best, saying after his death: “I would love him to save me a place in his team – George Best that is, not God.”

BRYAN ROBSON

United appearances: 461
United goals: 99

Signed by United in 1981 for a then-British record transfer fee, Robson would have to wait over a decade to claim the league title he had craved.

But United and England’s captain still played a key role in delivering trophies in the interim, winning a trio of FA Cups as well as a League Cup and the European Cup Winners’ Cup.

A mainstay in Ron Atkinson’s side before the arrival of Sir Alex Ferguson, Robson became a true United favourite.

It was fitting that he would lift the inaugural Premier League title in 1993 along with Steve Bruce before repeating the feat a year later as United’s period of dominance began with him only a bit-part player.

DAVID BECKHAM

United appearances: 394
United goals: 85

Born in Leytonstone, Beckham was always a United fan and would come through the ranks with plenty of his friends to achieve great things at United and beyond.

The former England captain could hit a free-kick as good as anyone and was also a superb crosser of the ball.

In his 11-year senior United career, Beckham won six Premier League titles, two FA Cups and the Champions League in 1999 as part of an historic Treble.

His rising status as a celebrity, helped by his marriage to Spice Girl Victoria Adams, never sat well with Ferguson and the pair often clashed – leading in part to Beckham’s departure to Real Madrid in 2003.

ERIC CANTONA

United appearances: 185
United goals: 82

Arguably one of the most inspired signings in the history of the Premier League, Cantona had already helped deliver a title at Leeds before Ferguson made his move and took him across the Pennines.

He cost the Red Devils just £1.2 million and would establish himself as a player who would forever go down in the history of the club.

His arrival coincided with the first back-to-back Premier League title wins before he was banned from football for eight months as his fierce temper got the better of him and he kicked a Crystal Palace fan after being sent off.

He returned in time to nurture United’s blossoming youth talent, a father figure to the Class of ’92 such as Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, David Beckham and the Neville brothers, Gary and Phil, back to the title in 1996.

United would retain the crown again the next season with Cantona as captain but his star was on the wane and he shocked the sport by announcing his retirement at the age of 30.

CRISTIANO RONALDO

United appearances: 292
United goals: 118

Now breaking goalscoring records at Real Madrid, Ronaldo came of age during a spell at United in which he truly shone.

Signed as a relatively unknown teenager, Ronaldo was initially only recognised for his skill as he adapted to a new league and continued to develop physically and mentally under Ferguson.

It was following Euro 2006, where Ronaldo was vilified in England for his apparent part in a red card for United team-mate Wayne Rooney, when the Portugal international began to flourish.

He had already starred in the FA Cup final of 2004 but he went on to be the talisman as United won a trio of league titles between 2007 and 2009, with Champions League success in 2008.

His goalscoring became a regular occurrence and in 2007/08 he surpassed Best’s previous record tally of goals in a season for a United winger.

Best himself had previously spoken about Ronaldo. “There have been a few players described as ‘the new George Best ‘ over the years, but this is the first time it’s been a compliment to me,” he said.

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