Rio Ferdinand’s rollercoaster career in pictures

first_img 11 The defender leading his country out against Austria at Wembley in 2010 – click right to see another image from the defender’s illustrious career – Ferdinand was named Fabio Capello’s England captain for the 2010 World Cup, but a knee ligament injury agonisingly kept him out of the tournament. He served as vice-captain for a substantial period of his international career. Ferdinand and defensive partner Nemanja Vidic – continue to see another image from the defender’s illustrious career – Vidic and Ferdinand conceded 84 goals together in 11,692 Premier League minutes 11 The defender relaxes while on England duty – continue to see another image from the defender’s illustrious career – Ferdinand made his full England debut as a substitute against Cameroon in November 1997. He would go on to represent his country 81 times. 11 Rio’s final Premier League title win came back in 2013 – continue to see another image from the defender’s illustrious career – Injuries had begun to take their told on the imperious centre-back but he still played a major role in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final championship win and also scored the last goal of Fergie’s managerial career. 11 Ferdinand and Peter Ridsdale after the defender’s big money move to Leeds – click right to see another image from the defender’s illustrious career – Ferdinand joined Leeds United from the Hammers in 2000 for £18m, making 54 appearances in a two-year spell at Elland Road. 11 The defender and Sir Alex Ferguson after another lucrative move to Manchester United in 2002 – click right to see another image from the defender’s illustrious career – The defender’s performances were recognised by Manchester United, encouraging Sir Alex Ferguson to spend a then British record transfer fee of £30m. He would represent the Red Devils more than 312 times in a hugely successful era for the club. Ferdinand celebrating with the Champions League trophy in 2008 – continue to see another image from the defender’s illustrious career – In the same month, Ferdinand secured his sole Champions League trophy win after the Red Devils beat Chelsea on penalties in Moscow. 11 11 11 Rio Ferdinand has announced his retirement from football.The former West Ham, Leeds, Manchester United and QPR defender’s career spanned 19 years and saw him win 11 major trophies, including six Premier League titles.Ferdinand’s career encompassed thrilling highs as he won several major trophies and represented his country on 81 occasions and at two World Cups.The 36-year-old endured a rollercoaster ride during his professional career, and talkSPORT looks back at some of the most iconic moments. 11 Ferdinand won six Premier League titles with United, the third of which came in 2008 – click right to see another image from the defender’s illustrious career – 2008 proved the most iconic club season of Ferdinand’s career, first lifting his third Premier League title as United retained their top flight crown. 11 A young Ferdinand playing for West Ham – click right to see another image from the defender’s illustrious career – Ferdinand was one of many to begin their career at West Ham’s prestigious academy, going on to make his professional debut in 1996. Ferdinand celebrates scoring at the 2002 World Cup – continue to see another image from the defender’s illustrious career – Ferdinand scored three times for his country, none bigger than at the 2002 World Cup in Japan against Denmark. The Three Lions would go on to win 3-0 after the defender opened the scoring. 11 The defender marshalling his team-mates at his final club, QPR – Ferdinand left United for QPR at the end of 2013-2014 season, spending just a year at the London club before being released after their relegation to the Championship.last_img read more

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