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Terry: Munich my career highlight

Terry: Munich my career highlight
By PA Sport

21/05/2012 at 17:10Updated 21/05/2012 at 18:18

John Terry revealed how nine years of Champions League heartache simply melted away after he and Chelsea finally got their hands on the European Cup.

Terry played no part in the match but when asked if it was his best moment in football Terry said: "one hundred per cent."

Even Terry's own disappointment at his self-inflicted suspension for Saturday's epic triumph over Bayern Munich vanished as he and stand-in captain Frank Lampard hoisted aloft the biggest prize in club football against all the odds.

Terry came onto the pitch after the match in full kit to lift the trophy and dismissed criticism of his enthusiasm.

"The last thing you want to do is see players in suits and stuff like that,” said Terry.

“We’ve all played a major part. We stuck our kit on and hoped for the best and, thankfully, we went on to do it.

“We were part of it and I think it’s the right thing from UEFA to let the guys who missed it through suspension to be involved. That’s something that will live with me forever and, if that would’ve been taken away, that would have been really hard to take.

“I’ve sat there and seen other players miss out on the opportunity to go and do what I’ve done. It’s a great way to finish our season, the FA Cup and the Champions League. To go down as the best ever season in Chelsea’s history is incredible.”

It ended an odyssey both Terry and Roman Abramovich had set out on when the latter bought Chelsea in 2003. Describing it as his greatest moment in football, Terry said: "Incredible feeling. I've waited so long for it, you know, and for it to finally be here wipes away all those bad memories."

He added: "Year after year, we've had some, but that completely wipes it away. For me, that's what we strived for."

Terry has been Chelsea captain for all nine of their attempts to win the Champions League under billionaire owner Abramovich, suffering four semi-final defeats and an agonising loss in the 2008 final when the defender missed a penalty to win the game.

He added: "Eight, nine years, I've been waiting for this. Being knocked out of competitions in the last minute, losing on penalties before in Moscow and losing against Liverpool, that's something that lived with me. But, all of a sudden, a big weight is off my shoulders and probably everyone within this football club."

Unlike Moscow, Terry was forced to watch Saturday's penalty shootout victory from the sidelines thanks to his senseless semi-final sending-off.

"I can live with that, I really can, because the club have won," he said.

"Things are just meant to be. And I wasn't meant to play.

"We've gone on to win it and, for me, that's all that matters because I care about this football club so much. And to see us win the trophy that I feel we deserve and to see the smile on the owner's face and those fans at the end, they deserve it."