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29/01/2009 10:59

Papers: The Dutch master

Rio Ferdinand has hailed Edwin van der Sar as the best goalkeeper he has ever played with. Van der Sar cemented his reputation as arguably the best keeper in the world at the moment with a record 11th successive Premier League clean sheet in Tuesday's 5-0 rout of West Brom. And Ferdinand predicted the 38-year-old Dutchman - who has a year left at United after this campaign - can play on past his 40th birthday in October 2010. “Edwin's the best keeper I've ever played with, it's as simple as that," said centre-back Ferdinand. "The calmness and assuredness he brings to the back four in front of him is great. He's got another year after this one and I'm sure he has the capability to go on and do it again.” David McDonnell, The Mirror

Elsewhere The Sun say that Cristiano Ronaldo’s career could have ended before it had even begun were it not for a heart operation when he was just 15 years old. Apparently Ronaldo was diagnosed with a ‘racing heart’ when he was in his mid-teens and it was feared that he would have to give up the game.

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