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Article: Rio Ferdinand - A Flashback
Rio Ferdinand - A Flashback

Rio Ferdinand is a former English player who has been a center-back. Having played 81 times for the English national football team from 1997 to 2011, he has been a member of three FIFA World Cup.

He is also one of the most decorated English footballer of all time, and is one of the greatest players. After the sudden death of his wife, Rebecca, Rio Ferdinand has been famous for BBC's show "Being Mum and Dad". He opened about his heartbreak which has been most appreciated by other people who have been through the same.

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Rio Ferdinand's adventurous career is quite an interesting one. At the age of 19, the footballer won the Hammer of the Year award while playing for West Ham United. In 1997 itself, Manchester United was interested in Ferdinand, but West Ham United rejected any sales.

He played 10 matches on loan for Bournemouth in the years 1996-1997. In November 2000, Ferdinand entered Premier League club Leeds United. This transfer cost £18 million being the most expensive defender. While being a member of Leeds United, he played for the World Cup of England. However, Leeds had to let go of their star defender as they were in financial difficulties.

He was therefore sold to Manchester United Club for over £30 million in July 2002 for a 5 years’ contract. During his first season in Manchester United, he won the Premier League title, and collected the winner’s medal in the 2006 League cup. For the 2003 League Cup and 2005 FA Cup, he won runners-up medals.

Due to being banned from playing for a period of 9 months, his first goal for this club only came on 14 December 2015 against Wigan Athletic. His most important goal was against Liverpool F.C at Old Trafford, which was the last-minute winner goal. Alongside seven of Manchester United players, he was named 2006-07 PFA Premiership Team of the Season.

He carried on playing for the Red Devils after renewing the 5 years’ contract for another 5 years. In May 2008, he acted as the Captain when his team played against Chelsea during the Champions League Final.

After a successful career, Rio Ferdinand left the football world for good in 2013. The reason he stated was that the club needs fresh blood and it’s time for younger players to take over.

Rio Ferdinand of Manchester United
Rio Ferdinand of England
Rio Ferdinand of Manchester United