Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, has claimed that he and his former teammate, Nemanja Vidic, are the two best defenders in Premier League history.
Ferdinand and Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk were guests on the Between the Lines podcast and were each asked to name their top five defenders in Premier League history.
The 43-year-old placed himself at the top of the list, adding that Vidic doesn’t get as much credit as he deserves for how good a footballer he was at Manchester United.
Ferdinand said, “I believe I was number one, serious, I am putting myself number one straight away. That is how I approach everything. I am going to go for Vidic second, partner in crime, I thought he led by example, didn’t ever say much.
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“I was a talker, an organiser, he was an animal. He was the only player I saw that strikers looked at and thought ‘Woah’, look at his nose, he used a head through people to win the ball but he was actually a better footballer than people make out, he read the game really well, we had a good partnership.”
Ferdinand and Vidic spent nine seasons together at Manchester United and their defensive partnership is often considered among the greatest in Premier League history.