There have been some historic footballing battles over the years, especially most recently in the Premier League.
One of those that I used to enjoy the most was watching two England international centre backs come up against each other for their domestic clubs Chelsea, and Liverpool.
John Terry versus Jamie Carragher was always fun to watch, especially when they marked each other for corners and free kicks.
But you could always sense that there was a mutual respect there between the now Aston Villa Assistant Head Coach Terry, and now Sky Sports pundit Carragher.
Having played in the same position, they would often be against each other for international selection as well, but Terry proved to be a world class player and would always be the first name on any team sheet.
Carragher has been acknowledging the quality of Terry, as reported by The Daily Mail.
“He was bigger, more powerful, better quality on the ball as well. He was one who when you trained with him went up a level in your eyes. You knew he was a great player.
“Technically, he’s a lot better than he’s given credit for. People always talk about John Terry being this man who put his head and his body in front of everything – and he would – and we talk about Rio Ferdinand being the player who was great on the ball. But we forget that Rio was a great defender and that John Terry was great on the ball.
“John Terry could pass the ball 60 or 70 yards with his left foot – the best ball-playing centre-back in the world would struggle to do that. So he was definitely one that you’d think was a top player, and you’d see that with England.”