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13/05/2014 09:00, Report by S Bartram, M Froggatt
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Peers' praise for Rio

In 12 years at United, Rio Ferdinand has made a lasting impression on everybody with whom he came into contact with at Old Trafford. Ahead of his testimonial at Old Trafford last summer, coaches and colleagues lavished praise on 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. 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

“From the first time I played with Rio on England duty, I knew he was going to be a top drawer footballer. He was a Rolls Royce of a player who could easily glide past people with pace and skill. You think about his size, too, and he had everything that a complete player needs in modern football. At the 2002 World Cup he showed himself to be one of the very best defenders in the world, and he's just gotten better and better since then.” - Nicky Butt

“He’s a great guy around the dressing room. He’s been a great servant for the club and one of the world’s best defenders for years.” - Tom Cleverley

“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

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