Rio Ferdinand is a True Manchester United Legend.
As he fades off his prime and plays fewer and fewer games Manchester United Fans can step back remember. Remember Rio Ferdinand for his discipline and his defensive precision.
Rio Ferdinand was a great defender. And in his prime he was one of the top ten best central defender in the world, yet few would give him the credit for it. Is it because he played in an era full of all-time great defenders such as Paolo Maldini, Allessandro Nesta, Paolo Canavaro ? or is it because many people associate the Premier League with showtime offensive Football where spaces reign supreme? It is difficult to determine why few considered him as the elite defender he was, but what it is not hard to determined is the fact that he was one the sport’s best in his position while in his prime.
He represented England 81 times from 1997 to 2011, and participated to three FIFA World Cup in 1998,2002, and in 2006. Playing with David Beckham, John Terry, Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerard, Ashley Cole, he was always part of the list of players that continually created talks that argued that England can win and be a favorite because of the way their look on paper. He and his illustrious teammates never further than the Quarterfinals in both 2002 and 2006, but that takes nothing away from their individual excellence.
Individually, Rio Ferdinand was fast and powerful. Such a combination is perfect in any sport, and football is no exception to that. His make up speed was unmatched for a man his size,6’2, 1m89. Solid in the air as well as in his on the ground interventions, one of the characteristics for which he will be most remembered for is his mean looking game face. This certainly was an intimidating factor for most forwards in the Premier League.
Rio Ferdinand played 452 games for Manchester United in nearly 12 years.(1) From the year of his arrival, 2002, he established himself as one of Sir Alex Ferguson core players. Under one of the greatest coach in the history in the sport and one of the greatest of Manchester United Team ever assembled Rio Ferdinand largely contributed to six Premier Leagues, two League Cups, five FA Community Shields, one UEFA Champions League, and one FIFA Club World Cup.
As his career ends let us remember Rio Ferdinand as one of Manchester United’s All-Time Great.