Rio Ferdinand pays tribute to retiring legends

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Rio Ferdinand has paid a fitting tribute to four of the games retiring legends on Facebook.

The Manchester United centre back took to the social media site to hail Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Michael Owen and Jamie Carragher ahead of the final games of the Premier League season.

Having spent a decade alongside Scholes with the Red Devils, it’s unsurprising that Ferdinand describes the midfielder as ‘the complete player’.

“Paul Scholes is the player I enjoyed playing alongside most. Controlled games, complete passing range, brave and scored goals - The complete player,” he wrote on Facebook.

Beckham played his last game for Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday night, leaving the field in tears after 81 emotional mintues. Ferdinand noted that for all his work off the field, his former England colleague never lost focus on the task at hand.

“Beckham had a right foot like a left foot - it was a sweet, sexy type, made a beautiful sound when he hit the ball! Energy, precision, passing, goals. Note to the youngsters: Becks had all the attention/media you could ask for but one thing never changed and that was his dedication to practice,” he added on Facebook.

And, the former West Ham starlet had kind word for two of his greatest domestic rivals – Michael Owen and Jamie Carragher. The striker ended his career off the bench for Stoke, whilst the scouse centre back skippered Liverpool at Anfield on his final day.

“The thing with Michael Owen is he was quicker than anyone but knew when and where to run and scored all types of goals. Great mental strength too,” Ferdinand concluded.

“Jamie Carragher has been a top player for LFC, a great reader of the game and always demanded high standards of those around him, top lad too.”

Ferdinand’s messages came before United’s 5-5 draw against West Bromwich Albion it what was also Sir Alex Ferguson’s final match in charge of the club.

The centre back, brought to Old Trafford by the Scot for £30million, also had a message for his now former manager following the conclusion of the match.

It simply read: “Take a bow, boss.”

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