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Rio Ferdinand And John Terry Got Into A Toxic Twitter War, It Got Very Personal

Nasir Jabbar

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Rio Ferdinand And John Terry Got Into A Toxic Twitter War, It Got Very Personal

​Rio Ferdinand got into a heated Twitter war with John Terry over his greatest centre-backs of the Premier League era claim.

​The Manchester United legend named himself as the greatest centre-back in Premier League history ahead of the Chelsea icon, who was ranked fifth on his list. 

Speaking to Virgil van Dijk, he said: "I believe I was number one. Serious. I'm going number one straight away."

On Terry, he added:​ "In terms of his longevity at that club, what they won, body on the line, a much better footballer than people give him credit for, could play off his left and right foot."​

Image: Alamy
Image: Alamy

But Terry took offence and made his feelings known via a social media post, highlighting his career achievements. 

The image included a number of graphics showing statistics; from the number of times he made the World XI, captains with the most Premier League titles to his win percentage being higher than any other defender. ​

It was accompanied with the message: "Opinions are great but stats don't lie..."

Image: Instagram
Image: Instagram

Ferdinand hit back on Twitter and said Terry was 'lucky' to be selected considering the racism case with his younger brother, Anton. 

He tweeted: "The moment one has to start pushing their own records and stats it’s really time to start addressing the fragile ego.

"Your lucky I even put you in the top 5 after the racism case with my brother so be thankful you made it."​

Terry swiftly replied, tweeting: "A fragile Ego is putting yourself at Number 1​. Thanks for putting me in your top 5."

​Ferdinand also named Nemanja Vidic, Van Dijk and Jaap Stam in his list of greatest Premier League centre-backs. 

As for Van Dijk, he opted for Ferdinand as No.1 while picking Vincent Kompany, Stam, Terry and Sami Hyypia. 

Featured Image Credit: Alamy/Twitter

Topics: John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Football, Chelsea, Manchester United

Nasir Jabbar
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