Threatened: Sydney FC's Corey Gameiro ran afoul of Chelsea's John Terry in a reserves game for Fulham. Photo: Getty Images
Sydney FC striker Corey Gameiro revealed Chelsea captain John Terry threatened to break his legs during a heated clash during a reserves match with Fulham FC two years ago.
The then England captain, Terry, was playing in Chelsea's reserves while returning from injury and marked the 20-year-old Australian forward during the first half of a match against Fulham's reserve team.
Despite years of experience in top flight football and an extensive trophy collection, Terry was left red-faced by an 18-year-old Gameiro after being nutmegged and then beaten for pace.
In a desperate attempt to avenge his error, Gameiro claims Terry hauled him down with a fierce ''scissor tackle'' from behind and after apologising to the ref, Terry whispered a threat into his ear. ''When he helped me up he said 'do that again you little shit and I'll break your legs'. So I sort of sat there on the floor thinking I needed to get off the field,'' Gameiro said.
''It was his first game back from his injury, we were playing at Chelsea's training facility. He started, he came off at half time. The ball came into my feet and I looked over my shoulder and I saw him coming tight up behind me so I let the ball run through my legs to turn and beat him at a foot race and it just so happened that it went through his legs as well with a bit of luck. So it was a bit of a foot race between me and him and I was going to beat him so he took me down.''
The Chelsea captain never followed up on his threat and Gameiro didn't try and embarrass the veteran EPL defender again that match. Despite Terry's vicious sledge during the match, he joked about it later with the young Gameiro.
''After the game I got a photo with him and he was laughing about it,'' Gameiro said. ''[I wasn't laughing about it] at the time, he was a nice guy off the pitch, but he didn't like that for his first game back. I just looked to the bench and thought, 'You've got to take me off before Terry will do me in.' ''
Gameiro opened his account for Sydney FC in last week's 2-2 draw with Adelaide, heading in a late equaliser as a substitute and is now eager to earn a place in the starting line-up for Saturday's derby against Western Sydney Wanderers. Sections of the media labelled Gameiro's influence as a ''super-sub'' but the Young Socceroo is desperate to ensure that label doesn't stick for much longer, hoping to become a member of the first team rather than an impact player.
''Super-sub, I've had that title my whole life and I want to get rid of that,'' Gameiro said.
''I hate it, I hate it because every time I come off the bench I seem to do well, ever since my first game at Fulham. My first game in the reserves I scored a hat trick off the bench and they were down 3-0 at half-time. Ever since then I've been known as a super-sub, but I want to be known as a super-scorer.''
Gameiro views his return to Australia as a means of propelling his career back into Europe - and with the knowledge that a number of clubs may be interested in signing him, there is frustration with his season delayed due to injury and his fight to return to the starting line-up.
''I know that there are clubs in Europe that are going to be looking at me, watching me, monitoring me and that's why it's frustrating because I need to be playing to get noticed,'' he said.