Rio Ferdinand

He was the world’s most expensive defender at the time – and probably England and Man United’s greatest ever? Ferdinand was able to play his impressive defensive game at all times TACKLING MAESTRO: In February 2010, Ferdinand replaced John Terry as captain of England

The Player


Known for his strength and defensive presence, Ferdinand stayed at the top of the English Premier League for over 15 years.


Key Skills
  • Passing accuracy
  • Calmness on the Ball
  • Tackling


Rio Ferdinand was comfortable on the ball like a midfielder and strong in his tackles, a truly modern centre back


Quick Facts
  • 1. His move to Manchester United in 2002 broke the British transfer record (£29M)
  • 2. Won 6 Premier League titles
  • 3. Introduced into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2016




Final Note

Ferdinand was the main man in United's back four, helping them win a total of 12 trophies at his time there.