Britain’s Rio Ferdinand announces retirement from football

Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand celebrates after scoring against Swansea City during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday May 12, 2013. (AP)

British football star Rio Ferdinand has announcement his retirement after being released by Queens Park Rangers.

The 36-year-old player, who served as England’s captain, made the announcement in a statement carried out by BT Sport.
“After 18 years as a professional footballer, I now feel it's the right time for me to retire from the game that I love,” Ferdinand said.

"As a 12-year-old boy, kicking around a football on the Friary Estate in Peckham, I never dreamt that I would play for my boyhood club West Ham, captain Leeds United, win the Champions League with Manchester United, or re-join my first manager Harry Redknapp at Queens Park Rangers,” he said.

"I will always regard the 81 times that I played for England with immense pride. These are all treasured memories that will last a lifetime," he added.

Ferdinand began his career at West Ham before joining Leeds in 2000.

He later moved to Manchester United and won six Premier League titles as well as a Champions League trophy.


 

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