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Terry would like to beat Barca in CL semifinal despite his kids idolizing Messi

April 6, 2012 - London

Chelsea captain John Terry has revealed that his children are big fans of Barcelona striker Lionel Messi, but that wouldn't stop him from trying his best to beat them in the Champions League semifinal.

Terry's five-year-old twins, Georgie and Summer, have their own Messi shirts to go alongside their Blues strips, with the Barca star having become almost a hero to them.

"My kids love him. It's a pleasure, because when you finish and you look back - and the guy's still going to be going strong - you've tested yourself against the best," The Mirror quoted Terry, as saying.

"And, quite clearly for me, he's the best ever. He's a great individual, a great person as well and a credit to the sport. For me, he's got everything. He is magical," he added.

Terry now wants to emulate Messi by winning the Champions League this season.

"It's obviously nice to say, 'We've done this, we've done that', but it's all about winning for me. We've not done that yet. That's our aim, that's our target, and that's always been the aim since the owner came in. He's very keen for that as well," he said.

No one has gone closer than Chelsea to lifting the European Cup without actually doing it, as they are into their sixth semi-final in owner Roman Abramovich's period, losing all but one of the previous five.

Arguably, none was more agonizing than three years ago against Barcelona when several snubbed penalty claims, and a stoppage-time Andres Iniesta equalizer saw the Blues miss out on back-to-back finals.


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