Former Manchester United defender mainstay, Rio Ferdinand recently revealed a fact that is rarely known to the public, that in the past he had received an offer from Barcelona.
During Sir Alex Ferguson’s time, Rio Ferdinand was one of Manchester United’s top players who was irreplaceable at the back. The Premier League giant bought the defender from Leeds United in 2002 for £ 46 million.
With a tag of that size, Ferdinand became the world’s most expensive defender in Europe, even though he was still very young. The hope, of course, the Old Trafford public is satisfied with the defender’s performance.
Sure enough, Ferdinand was able to look good and be Sir Alex’s top choice at the back. Many titles he won while defending the banner of the Red Devils. These include six English Premier League trophies and one European Champions League trophy.
The only Champions League trophy won in the 2007/08 season, when MU successfully beat Chelsea in the final round through a shootout. Now, at the same time, Ferdinand got an offer from Barcelona, precisely through coach Frank Rijkaard.
The offer came after the semifinal match against Barcelona, where Manchester United won and won the final.
“That was close, there was a discussion with my agent. Barcelona has touched my base. I have talked to Rijkaard not about moving there, but he knows how I feel, ”
“It happened after the match at the Barcelona headquarters. We drew 0-0 and in the hallway leading to the dressing room after the match, I spoke with Frank Rijkaard, “Ferdinand recalled to BT Sport.
Actually, Ferdinand was interested in an offer from Barcelona because he always wanted to try new challenges outside England. However, in the end he remained at Old Trafford.
“I always say I want to play abroad but the only thing that will stop me is if I win and succeed. I was lucky to find a great club at Manchester United, it was almost impossible for me to leave, “Rio Ferdinand said.
Ferdinand himself then left Manchester United in the summer transfer market in 2014. After that he joined Queens Park Rangers, then hung up his boots in 2016.