It may actually come as news to many that Paulo Ferreira actually retired as recently as 2013.
On the other hand, some probably still believe the Portuguese full back is contracted to Chelsea, collecting his weekly pay packet in a fashion only Winston Bogarde would be proud of.
Last night however, Ferreira was rewarded for his nine years of service at Stamford Bridge with a Special Recognition award. The defender was a surprise winner in an evening where Cesar Azpilicueta and Eden Hazard were named Players’ Player and Fans’ Player of the Year respectively. After such a long time in the footballing wilderness, Ferreira’s achievement was discussed so much on Twitter that his name began to trend.
Inevitably, some football fans couldn’t believe that the defender had actually won an award.
Paulo Ferreira? Are Chelsea going to recognise Winston Bogarde’s phenomenal effort at milking them for wages too?!
— Derry Alldritt (@derryalldritt) May 12, 2014
Forgot Paulo Ferreira was even at Chelsea, can’t remember him playing in the last few years and now he’s a Chelsea legend lol
— TheSpecialOne (@lelly2sxc) May 12, 2014
Congrats Paulo Ferreira for winning the special recognition award. 4 seasons on the bench translating for the brazilians didn’t go unnoticed
— Caolan (@Slimbo96) May 12, 2014
Genuinely shocked Paulo Ferreira is still at Chelsea! Actually thought he left 3 seasons ago! Haven’t seen nor heard him mentioned in years!
— Jamie Halligan (@OfficiallyJamie) May 12, 2014
However, a selection of Chelsea fans were quick to defend and even praise Ferreira for his time at the club.
Hell awaits any man who hates Paulo Ferreira. Absolute Legend.
— Adonis (@ace_adonyc) May 12, 2014
— HeavenlyBlue (@heavenlyblue007) May 12, 2014
Paulo Ferreira gets Special recognition award for having more PL medals than Gerrard
— WeAreChelseaFC (@WeAreChelseaFC) May 12, 2014
— TweetChelseaFC (@TweetChelseaFC) May 12, 2014
Ferreira may have managed to endear himself to a section of Chelsea’s fanbase through his service to the club. But whether his performances at Stamford Bridge really merited a Special Recognition award remains more than a little dubious.