Frank Lampard has led the tributes to John Terry after the Chelsea captain announced he will leave the club at the end of the season.
Terry, who joined the Blues as a 14-year-old, will bring an end to a 22-year association with the club with former Chelsea team-mate Lampard hailing the Stamford Bridge stalwart as the greatest defender in history of the Premier League.
'The last man standing of an incredible era for Chelsea,' said Lampard, via a post on his Instagram account.
'What a pleasure to play with the greatest defender in the Premier League history. In fact, I'd put him up with any defender in world football of any era. He led the club both on and off the pitch from the moment he made his debut.
'He set standards for everyone, whether it was demanding excellence in training, fighting for every win or respecting how fortunate we were to play for such a great club. He was, and is, a legend, not just for his talent but just as much for his desire to get the best out of himself and others around him.
Lampard added: 'The countless things I've seen JT do to help people outside of the game, things that not many see, are what defines him as a man. John Terry you deserve every accolade you get over the next weeks and beyond and I hope you get what you deserve and lift two massive trophies at the end of the season (just to add to the tally).
Terry's Chelsea team-mate Cesar Azpilicueta hailed the influence of the Blues veteran during his early days at the club.
The Spanish defender arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2012 and has gone on to become an integral part of the Chelsea set-up in recent years.
'When I was a boy and started to play, you were already a player,' said the Chelsea full back.
Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti also paid a glowing tribute to the former England international.
Ancelotti guided Chelsea to Premier League and FA Cup triumphs during a memorable campaign in 2010 and hailed Terry's impact during his time as the club's manager.
'John Terry is the captain of all team captains, he was born with the captain's armband on his arm,' said the Italian.
'Even without the band, it's as if he wears it anyway. He's different from all the others, Chelsea is his home.
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Following Monday's announcement, Terry's wife Toni said: 'I'm extremely proud of my husband for everything he has achieved at Chelsea.
'Chelsea has been our life for so many years and will continue to be in the future. I would like to thank all the fans for their support for both John and us as a family over the years.
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