bet365 are taking bets on who will win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2010 and Football Shorts is ready to give you the official lowdown.

The trophy was first awarded in 1954 to the sportsperson ‘whose actions most captured the public’s imagination’. In 2010, no British footballer has captivated audiences more than Wayne Rooney and it is no surprise to see the cheeky striker joint-favourite at 4/1. In the wake of Christiano Ronaldo’s departure, he has led the line at Manchester United with aplomb. Rooney is surely well-priced to make 2010 the Year of the Header.

The highest odds are reserved for David Beckham at 80/1 and Theo Walcott at 50/1. Perhaps the most unlikely candidate to win however is John Terry. The former England captain has had a season to forget and bet365 have him down at 40/1 to finish it as the winner of the BBC’s coveted prize. For Terry to win, a minor miracle needs to take place between now and December.

It would be a tale of Hollywood proportion and would (probably) go something like this:

Terry lifts the Premiership title on May 9th as Chelsea captain. Fast forward to June 12th and the centre-back clears one off the line and makes a goal-saving, last-ditch tackle on Landon Donovan en route to picking up the man of the match bubbly. He follows this up with solid performances against both Algeria and Slovenia. After Serbia win Group C, England face Germany in the last 16 and after 89 tense, goalless minutes, Terry buries a bullet header, kisses the England badge and sprints into the crowd. Quarter-final and semi-final opponents Argentina and Spain are powerless to find a way past Terry; even in the final ten minutes of the semi when JT has to go in goal after David James’ braids come loose and Capello realises he didn’t name a substitute goalie, Terry saves at the feet of David Villa to keep the dream alive. 11th July, 8.30pm, Johannesburg – England v Brazil, the Final. After seventy minutes it’s 1-1 and England have a free-kick on the right hand touchline, Terry steps up and spots Cesar off his line. He lobs the ball over the despairing Inter keeper, into the far top corner of the net, runs to the corner flag, points at the nearest TV camera and lifts up his shirt to reveal a white Umbro vest, on which is scrawled the words ‘That’s for you Wayne, sorry mate.’ Half an hour later, JT waits in line for the Cup, then kisses the solid-gold trophy and lifts her high into the sky. Five months after that Terry kisses Sue Barker, as she announces the bad-boy-done-good as the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2010.

And six months after that? Matt Damon stars as John Terry in the Oscar-nominated blockbuster Super JT: Tale of a 40/1 Hero.


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