JOHN TERRY said that “statistics do not lie” after Rio Ferdinand called him only the fifth best central defender in the history of the Premier League.
The Chelsea icon is considered by many to be one of the greatest defenders of the Prem era, winning the title five times.
Ferdinand though put THREE Manchester United central defenders ahead of the old ones England colleague Terryincluding himself.
The hero of “Old Trafford” discussed the best central defenders of the Prem era Liverpool star Virgil van Dyke for BT Sport.
And Ferdinand took first place, followed by teammate Nemanja Vidic, Van Dyck in third, Jaap Stam in fourth and Terry in fifth.
Van Dyck meanwhile sank down and put Ferdinand in first place, followed by Vincent Campani, Stem, Terry and Sami Gipia.
However, one person who disagreed was solid Terry at Stamford Bridge.
Taking to his Instagram Terry has published a photo containing various statistics fighting for his corner.
Among them were the captains with the most awards and the central defenders with the highest percentage of victories in the history of the award.
Both were led by Terry, who signed the publication “The opinions are excellent, but the statistics do not lie.”
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Other statistics have shown that Terry has repeatedly been a member of FIFA World XI and his statistics as one of the most successful defenders of all time.
But Ferdinand praised Terry, talking to Van Dyck.
He said of Terry: “In terms of his long life at this club, what they have won, a body on the line, a much better footballer than people pay tribute to him, could play with left and right foot.”
However, Ferdinand was not enough to consider him above the fifth place in his list for all time.