Chelsea captain John Terry has revealed he is still haunted by the memory of his penalty miss in the Champions League final against Manchester United in 2008.
Terry stepped up in the penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw between the two sides at the Luzhniki stadium knowing that a goal would secure his side the trophy.
However, the Englishman slipped on his run up and hit the post. Nicolas Anelka eventually missed Chelsea’s seventh penalty, meaning United went on to secure a domestic and European double.
Terry still wakes up at night thinking about what might have been had he scored the crucial spot-kick.
Speaking about the miss, Terry said: “I’ll definitely never be over it. I still wake up in the night now and it’s like ’s***’, it’s there and then you go back to sleep.”
“It’s eased over the years for sure. But I still have a few times a year when I wake up and, bang, it’s on my mind. It’ll never go. It’s one of those things, it’s disappointing, and I was gutted at the time.”
We’d love to say we feel bad for Terry, but we really don’t.
Thanks to his miss, United enjoyed one of the greatest nights in their history.
Sir Alex Ferguson was handed his second Champions League win, Edwin van der Sar achieved iconic status at the club and the likes of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs added another honour to their illustrious careers.
Terry, on the other hand, got what he deserved after he spat on Carlos Tevez in the dying moments of the match.