Legendary Manchester United and England defender
Once the world’s most expensive defender, Rio Ferdinand is best known for playing for Manchester United and England. During the course of his career, he won countless honours, including six Premier League titles, one Champions League and two League Cups.
Rio started his career with West Ham United coming through the London club’s youth academy making his debut in 1996. He made an instant impact at the club and was named Player of the Year in 1998 at the age of just 19.
In 2000 he moved to Leeds United who paid, what was at the time, a world record fee for a defender. He spent two years at the Yorkshire club establishing himself as one of the best players in the Premier League.
In 2002 he signed for Manchester United, becoming the world’s most expensive defender for a second time. He went from strength to strength at Old Trafford winning a staggering 14 trophies. He was named in the Premier League Team of the Year on six occasions and played alongside some of the best players in world football.
On the international stage, he represented England on 81 occasions and was a member of three World Cup squads. Since retiring he has become a football pundit for BT Sport and in 2017 announced his intention to become a professional boxer.