Rio Ferdinand broke the mould of the no-nonsense English central defender in the Premier League.
Composed and stylish, he made his first-team debut for West Ham United at 17.
After Leeds United made him the world’s most expensive defender, Manchester United broke the British transfer record two seasons later and immediately reaped rewards as they regained the Premier League title in 2002/03.
That was the first of six Ferdinand claimed in his 12 seasons at Old Trafford. His 504 Premier League appearances are second among central defenders.
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