JOHN Terry has revealed even his children "love" Lionel Messi as he insisted revenge was the last thing on his mind ahead of Chelsea's Champions League semi-final against Barcelona.
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 as much of a hero to them as their own father.
They are too young to remember the 2009 Champions League semi-final, the last and arguably most controversial clash between the two clubs, after which Messi went on to cement his status as one of the greatest players of all time.
So Terry is looking forward to them finally being able to see him pit his wits against the very best. "My kids love him," he said. "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.
"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."
But Terry is adamant he wants to do more than just be on the same field as the 24-year-old. "It's obviously nice to say, 'We've done this, we've done that', but it's all about winning for me," Terry added, insisting he wanted to emulate Messi by winning the Champions League. "We've not done that yet. That's our aim, that's our target, and that's always been the aim since the owner (Roman Abramovich) came in. He's very keen for that as well."