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Britain’s Rio Ferdinand announces retirement from football

The player won six Premier League titles as well as a Champions League trophy

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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.