Man Utd legend Rio Ferdinand names four toughest opponents including Brazilian Ronaldo & 'horrible' ex-Bolton man

Man Utd legend Rio Ferdinand names four toughest opponents including Brazilian Ronaldo & 'horrible' ex-Bolton man

MANCHESTER United hero Rio Ferdinand has revealed the four strikers he found hardest to play against with one surprising choice.

He named Raul, Dennis Bergkamp, the Brazilian Ronaldo… and ex-Bolton man Kevin Davies as the four he found toughest.


Speaking to the Broadtalks podcast Ferdinand, 43, talked about the best opponents he had to play against.

He said: Raul, the movement, he would go into areas, the positions he'd go into, Bergkamp the same.

"They'd go deep and I used to run out and then there would be a big space behind me.

"Ronaldo, he let me know there's another level.

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"The maddest thing is he'd had about four operations on his knee by then (the time Ferdinand faced him).

"I was thinking I dread to think what he'd done to me if he was proper fit. He was different."

Ferdinand also mentioned when Ronaldo scored a hat-trick for Real Madrid at Old Trafford and received a standing ovation from the Man Utd fans.

Amongst these footballing legends the former England centre-back added Davies to the list too.

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Ferdinand said: "He was hard to play against.

"Before the ball was even coming he's grabbing and scratching.

"Horrible to play against, nasty, he'd give you a difficult afternoon."

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