Former Manchester United player Rio Ferdinand recently was inducted in the Premier League Hall of Fame alongside legends like Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger. Ferdinand was chosen from a list of 15 players by fans from across the world through an online public poll and the Premier League Awards Panel.
Known as one of the greatest central defenders of his era, Ferdinand’s ability to carry and play the ball, paired with his natural pace and relentless desire to win set him apart. He was part of the Manchester United team who retained the Premier League title in 2006/07, 2007/08 and 2008/09 and secured his sixth title in 2012/13, reclaiming it from Manchester City in Ferguson’s final season at the club. The legendary centre-back is the eighth Manchester United great to become a member of the Hall of Fame.
Ferdinand expressed his gratitude in a statement saying, “It’s a great feeling to be recognised by my peers as well as the fans. To be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame alongside such a high calibre of players and to be able to say that I achieved my dream is special. The Premier League is the holy grail, and I just can’t believe I made it.”
He made a name for himself as one of the best defenders in the world during his twelve years at Old Trafford. The Englishman, who made 455 appearances in all competitions, was a crucial member of Ferguson's great Man Utd team.