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Terry delighted with record, even more delighted with winning the league

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With his 5th minute goal to open the scoring on Sunday against Liverpool, John Terry became the highest scoring defender in Premier League history.  It was the Chelsea captain's 39th league goal, and it was yet another typical headed goal from a set piece*.  He had previously been tied with Everton's David Unsworth, who got to pad his stats with a few penalty kick goals, too.  (Ian Harte, Leighton Baines, and William Gallas round out the top 5.)

As personally delighted as Terry was with breaking the record, he was more delighted with his defensive play over this past season, which played a huge part in Chelsea securing our first title in five years.  It's what he wanted more than anything.

"I'm delighted defensively first and foremost, and it's an added bonus if I can chip in with a fair few goals. I've done that this year and this goal takes me clear as the highest scoring defender in Premier League history. I'm delighted with that personally, but being champions is the one I really wanted."

-John Terry; source: Chelsea FC

Just another reason why he's the captain of this team.  Well done, JT!

* Incidentally, that was Cesc Fàbregas with the corner, which gives the man in the magic hat 18 assists for the season.  He's now just two behind Thierry Henry for most all time in a Premier League season.