Old Trafford veteran drafted in to pick out up and coming talent.
THE CHANCE: RIO FERDINAND JOINS NIKE IN SEARCH FOR UNDISCOVERED FOOTBALLING TALENT
Manchester United and England’s Rio Ferdinand has today been revealed as a UK scout for Nike’s global talent search, The Chance.
A six-month journey spanning 55 countries and five continents, The Chance is looking to unearth the planet’s best unsigned young footballers and mould them into an elite 16-man squad that will travel the globe, training with the world’s best professional teams and playing against the most prestigious academy sides.
Rio’s first task as a scout for The Chance was to pick the first youngster to take one of 100 places in the UK Finals. These finalists will be whittled down to 3 UK winners who will travel to Barcelona for the Global Finals.
Turning up unannounced on the touchline of a Myerscough College match on the outskirts of Manchester, one player quickly caught Rio’s eye and continued to do so throughout the match – a striker named Joe Bunney. As Rio said: “I’d been working with Nike on The Chance and so had been asked to pick out the first UK finalist. Joe instantly caught my eye, he’s a mobile and technically proficient player but it was his attitude that impressed me as much as anything. I’ve no doubt he’s got a lot of potential and I’m sure he can go far in The Chance and beyond.”