Rio Ferdinand

England 2017

Rio Ferdinand is considered one of the greatest defenders of modern times. An elegant, ball-playing central defender with aerial power, he perhaps fitted a more continental than British style of play. Starting life at West Ham United, Ferdinand was 17 when he made his first team debut and just over a year later won the first of 81 international caps for England. In 2000 he became the world’s most expensive defender when he made a British record £18m switch to Leeds United and while at Elland Road he reached the Champions League semi-final. After two seasons with Leeds, he moved to Manchester United for £30m, making him the most expensive defender for a second time, and it was here that he fulfilled his true potential. Ferdinand won six Premier League titles and a Champions League, as well as captaining his country on seven occasions.

Full name: Rio Gavin Ferdinand
Born: 07/11/1978, Denmark Hill, London, England
Clubs: West Ham United (1996-2000), Bournemouth (loan, 1996-1997), Leeds United (2000-2002), Manchester United (2002-2014), Queens Park Rangers (2014-2015)
International: 81 apps, 3 goals (1997-2011)
Position: Defender

Honours:

  • UEFA Intertoto Cup (1): 1999
  • Premier League (6): 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13
  • Football League Cup (3): 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10
  • FA Community Shield (6): 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013
  • UEFA Champions League (1): 2007–08
  • FIFA Club World Cup (1): 2008