In an insightful interview on The Clare Balding Show recently, Rio Ferdinand revealed some privy information on a range of topics.
A mixture of reminiscing on his playing days with Manchester United and discussing and previewing his venture into the world of professional boxing made for top entertainment.
Ferdinand amassed six Premier League medals as well as a Champions League win in 2008 amongst several other domestic cup wins during his glorious spell at United. Although the former England international was still at the club for the stormy transition period between Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement and David Moyes’ takeover at Old Trafford, he looks back at his time at the club with fond memories.
Ferguson was famed for his man-management style and in particular taking a hard line approach when needed. His infamous “hair-dryer” treatment could be the making or breaking of a player’s spirit. If you weren’t pulling your weight, the Scot was never shy to let it be known in the confines of the United dressing room.
Ferdinand recalls how his ex-teammates used to react to their former manager’s ways in the clip below. He recounts how Cristiano Ronaldo took an earful to heart one night during an away fixture at Benfica when the Portuguese superstar persisted in going alone instead of getting his head up to bring his colleagues into the game.
Balding also probes Rio on the darker moments of his career, to which the 39-year-old confesses which game brought him the most embarrassing night of his life. The Champions League final defeats to Barcelona in Rome in 2009 and London in 2010 stick out like a sore thumb for Ferdinand, mainly due to the runaround Lionel Messi gave him on both occasions.
Also thrown in for good measure is Rio’s admission that he would have no fear challenging Irish UFC star Conor McGregor to a boxing match.
Check it out for yourself in the clip below: