Legendary Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher celebrated the 25th anniversary of his Liverpool debut on Saturday. The former Liverpool man took to Twitter to share a picture of his debut and some of the subsequent honors he won at Liverpool in a touching tweet. Taking some time out to reply to fan questions and well-wishers, the former England international was asked who the better defender was between John Terry and Rio Ferdinand.
Picking the Chelsea legend, Jamie Carragher replied: “Both brilliant but I think Terry just edges it!”
Rio Ferdinand started his career at West Ham before moving in a club-record deal to Leeds for £18 million in 2000. The London-born defender would break the transfer record again in two years when he signed for Manchester United for £30 million.
Ferdinand enjoyed his best and most successful spell at Manchester United, where under the tutelage of Sir Alex Ferguson, the Englishman won every available top-level trophy at the club. The defender would go on to form an impressive defensive partnership with Nemanja Vidic, widely believed to be one of the best center-back pairings in Premier League history.
John Terry, widely believed to be one of the greatest defenders of his generation, came through the Chelsea youth ranks. The English defender did it all with his boyhood club, winning every club competition he ever played in with Chelsea. Terry formed the spine of Chelsea’s defense for years, forming stable defensive partnerships across his period as the key center-half for the Blues. The former defender was notably featured in the legendary Chelsea squad that set a record for the fewest goals conceded in a Premier League Season.
With that being said, Carragher must have had a tough choice to make, with both players featuring over 150 times for the national team and having a host of medals in their collection.