John Terry was one of the players who turned out to play in Stiliyan Petrov’s # 19 Legends Charity Match earlier today (Sunday) at Parkhead.
The game, which was played in front of a sell-out crowd, saw a Petrov XI, featuring Terry, take on a Celtic XI, with all proceeds raised going to charity, including Petrov’s leukaemia foundation.
The former Aston Villa and Celtic midfielder was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in March 2012, with Chelsea the first team to play Villa following the announcement. He is currently in remission but has since retired from football.
On an emotional day at Celtic Park, the supporters showed their appreciation for Petrov in the 19th minute with a passionate standing ovation.
On the pitch, an entertaining game ended 5-3 to the Petrov XI, with Terry hitting the post with an audacious effort just before half-time. Dimitar Berbatov, a former international team-mate of Petrov’s, scored a hat-trick, while there were also appearances from the likes of Robert Pires, Jamie Redknapp, Gareth Barry, Shay Given and former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton.
At the final whistle Petrov was joined by his sons and wife Paulina in the middle of the pitch, much to the delight of those inside the stadium.
Petrov was delighted Terry was able to take part in the match, saying: ‘John’s been a great support to me throughout my treatment.
‘When I called him and asked him to play he said he’d be there and just to let him know when it was. He said every player would love to play at Celtic Park in front of that crowd.
‘Every year in the Premier League there’s a meeting with the club captains to talk about things with referees and all that, so I’ve known John from that.’