John Terry ended his Chelsea career on Sunday afternoon after just 26 minutes, to correspond with his shirt number.
It was well know that the Chelsea captain would be leaving Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, and the club agreed to Terry’s plan to give him one last run out in the starting XI before subbing him on the 26 minute mark.
Big congratulations to John Terry @ChelseaFC today.
Beautiful tribute from the stadium 😥😭
— Ecclezzia (@Ecclezzia_com) May 21, 2017
Even Chelsea’s opposition, Sunderland, agreed to kick the ball out at that time if they were in possession to allow Terry his final farewell.
As an emotional Terry made his way off the pitch to his team mates giving him a guard of honour, the fans inside Stamford Bridge saluted their departing captain one last time after 22 years at the club.
But despite Terry being given an honourable send off, the way in which it happened seemed to not sit right with some of the BBC Final Score pundits:
“This isn’t Hollywood – it’s a Premier League fixture!”
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 21, 2017
While others took to social media to pay tribute to the departing Chelsea skipper:
Wouldn’t have had it other way
A proper send off for the player who defined @ChelseaFC
Captain Leader Legend pic.twitter.com/6BH3Huh6ZC
— prabes karki (@rush_prabes) May 21, 2017
— Laura Gaga (@AmantesdelRB) May 21, 2017
— Ian Schweiger (@IanSchweiger16) May 21, 2017
John Terry’s magnificent Chelsea career ends after 26 minutes of his final match. A great defender. A real leader. And a winner.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 21, 2017
— Chilli C (@ChillieC) May 21, 2017
John Terry has been a giant of the English game, brilliant player! Still think he has something to offer, wouldnt mind seeing him at #LFC
— Ian Blasbery (@ElBlazo) May 21, 2017
— benny boy (@ben4589) May 21, 2017