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Rio Ferdinand Reveals The Two Forwards He Hated Playing Against

Rio Ferdinand Reveals The Two Forwards He Hated Playing Against

Rio Ferdinand has singled out the two forwards he hated playing against in his career.

The former Manchester United and England centre-back was asked the question during a Twitter Q&A and he picked out two players who you would never normally say in the same sentence.

Of course, Ferdinand had to go for the only one Lionel Messi but he also gave props to Bolton legend Kevin Davies.

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The 40-year old witnessed Messi's brilliance first-hand in two Champions League finals, with the five-time Ballon d'Or scoring in both as Barcelona beat United in Rome and London in 2009 and 2011 respectively.

However, he also admitted difficulty in dealing with Davies, who scored 85 goals in 407 appearances for Bolton.

The former Chesterfield and Southampton wasn't blessed with great technical ability or pace but had a knack of making himself an absolute nuisance for defenders because of physical presence and aerial ability.

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Image: PA
Image: PA

Back in 2017, Ferdinand picked Messi and the Brazilian Ronaldo as his two toughest opponents in his career, describing them both as "brilliant players.

Last year, the former Leeds United man was asked how to stop Messi and offered a hilarious response.

"I was in a team that tried it a couple of times and it didn't come off," he said on BT Sport.

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"Other than GBH [Grievous bodily harm], I don't know. He's one of, if not the best player in the world. Ever.

"There's no individual that can deal with him. It's a team effort.

Topics: Football News, Football, Rio Ferdinand

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.

 

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