Taking to social media, Rio Ferdinand has revealed what he and his friends did when faced with a ‘no ball games’ signs when he was younger.
The former Manchester United defender, writing on his @rioferdy5 Instagram handle, shared a photo of a wall with a ‘no ball games’ sign on, and revealed his approach to the notices.
“We used [to] take these signs down on our estate as kids,” Ferdinand began, “or simply ignore them!
“Put an area within an estate for kids to play and these signs would be a myth!”
Ferdinand’s approach clearly worked, as the centre-back went onto enjoy a magnificent career in the game.
The defender, who was born in Denmark Hill in London, began his career at West Ham United, whom he left in 2000 after making over 120 appearances for the club.
He moved onto Leeds Untied, and shone for the Yorkshire heavyweights in both the Premier League and the Champions League before leaving the club as they began to shed his assets.
Ferdinand then moved onto Manchester United, where he enjoyed his greatest success over the coming 12 years.
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He left the Red Devils for a brief unhappy spell at Queens Park Rangers at the end of his career, but not before he’d won six Premier League titles, three League Cups, six Charity Shields, the Champions League and the Club World Cup.
The defender also made 81 appearances for England, representing the Three Lions at World Cups in 1998, 2002 and 2006.