Rio Ferdinand’s autobiography begins with a foreword from Sir Alex Ferguson, where he lists the greatest central defenders the club has ever had, and names Rio amongst the finest he’s seen.
The book then looks at the early days of Rio’s career, where he reveals that it was Frank Lampard’s dad who got him in to West Ham after scouting him at an Under-14 game. It also gives a brief mention to his time at Leeds, but from then on, it’s pretty much all United (with the odd nod to England).
The book is mainly made up of pictures of his career, with a paragraph to explain what it was all about.
For example, there’s a picture of the lads celebrating the title after the win against Everton at Goodison Park at the end of his first season United. “I’ll never forget it. And I’ll never know how we managed to win 2-1 on the day, either; we’d done plenty of celebrating during the week! It might have been better to have lifted the trophy in front of 60,000 Reds at Old Trafford but I wasn’t complaining. After seven years as a pro, this was it: what every player wants. And I was drinking in every last moment in the Merseyside sunshine.”
He talks about the “classy” standing ovation from our fans after Ronaldo’s hattrick against us in 2003, about how he watched every home and away game from the stands when banned during the 03/04 season, the goals he scored against Liverpool, his belief from the very beginning of the 06/07 season that we’d get our trophy back, going in goal against Portsmouth in the Cup, the praise Sir Bobby Charlton gave him as he went to lift the European Cup in 2008, losing the league to City and his goodbye to Ferguson with the last goal to be scored at Old Trafford during his management.
Most of the later pages also give you the option to scan them with your mobile which then gives you exclusive digital content, like footage of the players celebrating with the trophy.
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