Rio Ferdinand has let former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo know that if we drawn against Real Madrid in the Champions League there will be no special treatment.

“I’ve been speaking to him on the phone,” said Rio. “I think it’s in the stars it will happen. You want to play against the best players, and he is the best. He will get a hello and a shake of the hand, but if he needs to be kicked, he will be kicked.”