09/08/2013 08:31, Report by Steve Bartram
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Views of Rio: In quotes

In eleven years at United, Rio Ferdinand has made a lasting impression on everybody with whom he has come into contact. Coaches and colleagues unite in their praise of the Reds' no.5...

“The standard he’s been playing at for so long and still plays at now is incredible and his hunger and desire to still want to win is fantastic. He is a great example for any young centre-half or any young player for that matter. To have played alongside him for all these years and see how far he’s come has been a pleasure.” - Michael Carrick

"Rio is a good leader of the team and I am happy to be his team-mate. I look at the way he acts because he is one of the oldest players in the team. He is still very friendly towards all the players playing around him. It's nice that he is always the same. He is very happy, very funny and an extrovert. I try to get in on his jokes all the time!” - Nani

“Rio is a great player and has unbelievable composure on the ball. That’s really important for a centre-back. Whenever he has the ball he never panics. He’s also a very intelligent player; he always knows which position he needs to be in. For me to have played alongside him for so many years has been a privilege. We have won a lot of trophies together and I hope we will win more. He’s also a good guy and a good friend. For him to have played for over 10 years at United is a big achievement and in my opinion he is one of the best centre-backs in the world.” - Patrice Evra

“Rio’s composure sticks out for me. He never looks panicked and that relaxes everyone around him. As a goalkeeper, when you see him on the ball so calm under pressure you know he’s not going to give the ball away or get tackled. Even from goal kicks he’ll be screaming for the ball and you think it might be a bit risky but it’s not: he’ll deal with it, either by giving it back to you or by finding someone else. He almost never loses the ball.” - Ben Amos

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