Rio Ferdinand has become the 17th player inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame.
It was only a matter of time that Ferdinand would be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame. Especially after winning six top flight titles at United as well as representing another three clubs in the division.
Ferdinand also represented West Ham, Leeds and Queens Park Rangers in his career. He was selected for the Premier League Hall of Fame following a vote by fans across the world.
Dreams do come true ❤️ pic.twitter.com/UTLPbZwZBB
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) May 3, 2023
Reflecting on his achievement, Ferdinand told the Premier League (via ManUtd.com): “As a defender, I’m not used to celebrating personal glory – we leave that to the midfielders and strikers!
“When you start your career, you never dream of how well things could turn out.
“I remember all those long journeys on trains and tubes; all the training, cleaning players’ boots and taking care of the kit.
“I remember going back to my estate and seeing my friends who were all desperate to know what it was like.”
As a player, Ferdinand is arguably the greatest defender I’ve seen in a United shirt. A ball-playing type of centre-back but the best kind with his natural pace and flexibility.
After breaking through at West Ham, making his debut at just 17, Ferdinand became the world’s most expensive defender when he signed for Leeds in 2000. The former England international broke his own record two years later when he joined Manchester United for £30 million.
We’d like to send Ferdinand a big congratulations on his latest accolade.
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