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Manchester United: Rio Ferdinand

A former professional and current television pundit Rio Gavin Ferdinand was born in November 1978, taking the position of a centre back. From 1997 to 2011, he played 81 football matches for the England national football team, and he also played World Cup games for three times. Many people taken him as one greatest footballer of England squad. In addition, he also won many honours and accolades in his international career.

Ferdinand started his football playing career when he was young. After numerous appearances, he settled at West Ham United, in which he accumulated many experiences and grew into an excellent footballer. Then he accomplished his Premier League debut in 1996. Then he turned to be the most favourite football player, and won the Hammer of the Year award in the following season. In 1997, he earned the first international cap in a match, breaking previous records as the youngest defensive football player at that time.

His pre-eminent talents and footballing potential caught attentions from Leeds United, becoming a footballer of the team for £18 million. He was appointed as the captain of Leeds United after two seasons. One year later, he broke records once again for about £30m. He won a critical club honour in Premier League matches. In 2003, he was banned from playing matches for eight months, because he missed a drugs test. Besides, many accolades and opportunities were screwed subsequently, such as half a Premier League season, Manchester United’s FA Cup triumph, and the Euro 2004 international competition, etc.

He established himself in Man United in the first team, winning plaudits for his outstanding performances. During his spell in Manchester United, the footballer was a member of the team winning six Premier League titles and 14 trophies. In 2014, he transferred to Queens Park Rangers when his expired. One season after, he was released, because of Queens Park Rangers’ relegation from the Premier League. In 2015, he decided to end his football playing career.

Then Ferdinand intended to become a boxer, in order to cope with his wife’s death. With the sponsorship from company Betfair, he tried to win qualifications from British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) licence, so that he could participate in training and competition.

Second to player Ashley Cole, Ferdinand was the most capped football player for England national football team, playing 81 games for the national squad. Although having been capped for World Cup four times in row, he failed to catch opportunities for UEFA Euro 2008 and European Championship.

Regardless controversies about a goal, Ferdinand netted three goals for England squad at World Cups, the first one in 2001. When he was 19 years old, he earned his cap as a replacement in a friendly in 1997. At that time, he was the youngest defender playing important role at World Cups. Ferdinand could have accomplished his debut earlier if he had not been charged of driving under influence. Prior to tragedy of Princess Diana, he was named in the team for the game; under influences from media and public opinions, there was no other choices but to drop the teenager.