He must first win their trust through sheer effort, then he must win them honours.
There is no room for slacking. Year after year there must be results and stupendous performances from him. Standing head and shoulders above the rest, it is he that – if he so wishes – goes on to sear his name and reputation into the annals of his chosen club.
He can choose to forever be remembered, but club legends are few and far between in modern football for this very reason, as players often overlook the opportunity to become legendary in favour of a quick buck.
This is why the lesser-spotted club legend must be lauded not only by his fans, but he should also be commended by football fans in general. The longevity required to gain the ‘legend’ moniker is the main reason why football isn’t quite the professional footballer auction it threatens to be.
Chelsea have an active legend in their ranks, and John Terry has seen and done it all for his beloved club.
Every domestic honour has been lifted by the Blues captain, including the coveted European Cup. He has been the team’s leader for the majority of his time at Stamford Bridge and most importantly of all – John Terry has been a one-club man.
He has never played anywhere else, and the bond that Terry shares with his fans means that his inevitable and nearing career end will be painful. How does a club replace such a figurehead?
Terry has not only been a leader, he has also been a fine exponent of the defensive arts, and given everything he has to the club’s causes. It would appear that Terry cannot be replaced, and that would be true.
Chelsea can however, seek out the best defender money can buy, in an effort to shore up what will be a gaping hole in their defensive ranks.
There are many who could fit the bill, but here are twenty of the best that could be called upon to try and fill the space left by Terry.