36-year-old defender announced today his retirement.
“After 18 years as a professional footballer I now feel it’s the right time for me to retire from the game that I love.”
Ferdinand started his career in 1996 in West Ham United then he played for Leeds. The best time in his career was definately the years in Manchester United – twelve years of glory from 2002 till 2014. During that time he played in 312 matches and scored 7 goals. In his goodbye speech he didn’t forget to pay a special tribute to sir Alex Ferguson.
“Winning trophies at Manchester United allowed me to achieve everything that I desired in football. None of that would have been possible without the genius of one man, Sir Alex Ferguson. His greatest accomplishment in my eyes will always be how he developed us [at United] as men, not just as footballers. He will, in my opinion, always be the greatest manager in British football history.”
Not so long time ago Ferdinand’s wife Rebecca died of cancer. It seems that this tragedy overhelmed the English player so that he decided to retire and concentrate on his 3 children.
“I’d also like to thank and pay tribute to my late wife Rebecca and my family, including my mother and father, for their sacrifices, their encouragement and their advice throughout my career.”
“And finally, I’d like to thank all the fans from all the clubs, for without them professional football would not exist. I will miss each and every one of you on my Saturday afternoons.”