Manchester United legend Gary Neville has taken to Twitter to praise former teammate Rio Ferdinand, who announced his retirement from football on Saturday.
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The centre-back—who was released by Queens Park Rangers earlier in the week—confirmed that he is quitting the game following a glorious career [via ESPN].
As well as 81 England caps, the 36-year-old won the Champions League with Manchester United in 2008, while he also lifted the FA Cup in 2004 and six Premier League titles.
The defender also featured in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year on half a dozen occasions between 2002 and 2013.
He enjoyed the majority of success at Old Trafford, under the tutelage of Sir Alex Ferguson and briefly, David Moyes.
He also played alongside Gary Neville for England and United, before the latter’s own retirement in 2011.
The former right-back took to Twitter soon after the news was announced to praise his former teammate.
“Congratulations to Rio Ferdinand on his great career,” the former right-back began, writing on his @GNev2 handle.
Congratulations to @rioferdy5 on his great career. Best I played with and best pairings I’ve seen with Vida/JT. Covered me very well too!
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) May 30, 2015
“Best I played with and best pairings I’ve seen with Nemanja Vidic [sic]/John Terry [sic]. Covered me very well too!”
The centre-back featured 11 times for Queens Park Rangers this season but was unable to help the Hoops avoid relegation to the Championship.
The player tragically also lost his wife Rebecca to cancer on May 1 [via The Guardian].