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Chelsea legend Terry exits to guard of honour

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Chelsea’s English defender John Terry gestures to the crowd as he is substituted off in the 26th minute during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge in London on May 21, 2017. Terry will be leaving the club has been associated with for 22 years at the end of the season. Ben STANSALL / AFP

Chelsea legend John Terry’s final appearance at Stamford Bridge ended with his team-mates forming a guard of honour as he exited in the 26th minute of the Premier League clash with Sunderland.

The 36-year-old — the time of his premature departure chiming with his shirt number — looked visibly moved when he was replaced by Gary Cahill, who has also stepped in and skippered the team on the pitch to the title this season.

Terry — who leaves Chelsea at the end of this season after 22 years with them — also exited to a standing ovation from the fans who despite some off the pitch scandals is revered by them.

Former Tottenham, Barcelona and England striker Gary Lineker was quick to take to twitter to pay tribute to the central defender.

“John Terry’s magnificent Chelsea career ends after 26 minutes of his final match. A great defender. A real leader. And a winner,” tweeted Lineker.

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