See if you can work out the following Who Am I?
– I was born in the east end of London and made my name in football as a central defender.
– I played permanently for one club in my football career, making over 500 appearances for them and scoring over 30 goals.
– I am their most successful captain ever.
– I have gained over 60 caps for England, representing them in four major tournaments.
Technically, this is a trick question, as both Tony Adams and John Terry are correct answers and this is not where the comparison between the pair should end.
Recent speculation focuses on whether Terry will be handed a one-year extension to his current Chelsea contract, which is set to expire at the end of this season.
Jose Mourinho’s captain is one of three Premier League ever-present starters for Chelsea this season, with Branislav Ivanovic and Eden Hazard, and this shows how pivotal he remains to the first team despite reaching the tender age of 34.
Adams remained a permanent fixture in the Arsenal first-team at the same age and it was in the following season where he was eased out slightly by Arsene Wenger at the expense of Sol Campbell and Martin Keown.
Kurt Zouma’s giant leaps of progress suggest that he is ready to become a regular in the Blues first team, but keeping Terry around for an additional 12 months to compete with the Frenchman and Gary Cahill for a centre-half start looks sensible.
Steve Bruce was still a first-team regular when turning 35 at Manchester United, Carles Puyol has injury troubles but is still on Barcelona’s books at 36 and Paolo Maldini made it past 40 at AC Milan.
Much may hinge on whether Mourinho signs another central defender over the summer, with Real Madrid pair Pepe and Raphael Varane known to be on his shopping list.
It is 5/4 that Terry leaves Chelsea next summer and this would continue his similarity with Adams, who retired after guiding Arsenal to the Premier League and FA Cup double at the age of 35.