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Footballer Rio Ferdinand announced his retirement

Jun 1, 2015 17:22 IST

London-born Rio Ferdinand on 30 May 2015 announced his retirement from football. Ferdinand last played for Queens Park Rangers (QPR) in March 2015. Ferdinand had an illustrious career of 18 years as a professional footballer.

About Rio Ferdinand
• Ferdinand began his career under manager Harry Redknapp at West Ham United before making his England debut at the age of 19 in 1997.
• In 2000, he joined Leeds United and then moved to Manchester United two years later in a deal worth 29.1 million British pounds, which at that time was a world-record fee for a defender.
• He captained England for the first time in 2008, and replaced John Terry in the role on a full-time basis in February 2010.
• In 2014, Ferdinand joined QPR after getting released from the Manchester United.
• Ferdinand played 81 times for England and was in the squads for the 1998, 2002, 2006 and the 2010 World Cups.

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