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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 24 October 2018

As John Terry retires, where does he rank among best Premier League defenders?

Courageous leader bows out after more than 700 appearances and five league titles

Like him or loathe him, there's no denying John Terry was one of the finest defenders the English Premier League has seen.

Five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, one Uefa Champions League and one Europa League all with Chelsea - it's been a career littered with highs, albeit with the occasional and controversial low.

But now it's all over, with Terry, who spent his final season in the Championship with Aston Villa, having announced his retirement via his Instagram account.

After 23 years in football, he thanked his family for their support and made it clear that signing for Chelsea as a 14-year-old was a wise decision.

The next chapter awaits, as reports link him with the assistant manager job at Villa, where Thierry Henry is widely expected to be named the new manager after Steve Bruce was sacked.

But how does the courageous leader, who won 78 international caps and was twice stripped of the England captaincy, compare to his centre-back peers during the Premier League era?

View our slideshow at the top to see whether we rate him more highly than the likes of Vincent Kompany, Rio Ferdinand and Ledley King.

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