Rio Ferdinand exclusive: I would have loved an Olympic gold

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Rio Ferdinand's glittering career at Manchester United saw him win six Premier League titles, two League Cups, the Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup.

His international career for England was less than impressive however; the quarter finals of the World Cup being the furthest he ever reached for the Three Lions.

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And in an exclusive video with GiveMeSport, he was asked by British Olympic diver, Tom Daley whether he would have liked to add to his honours by competing at the games for Team GB, and his response may surprise a few people.

“Yes, I would have loved to have gone to an Olympics, competed and won a gold medal and gone on the podium and stuff like that," the 35-year-old said.


Great Britain entered a professional football team for the first time when they were given the rights to host the 2012 Olympics. Team GB was comprised of players from all four home nations, but only three players over the age of 23 were permitted to play. 

There could have been an opportunity for Rio to play as one of the three over-23 players, however manager Stuart Pearce gave those places to Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards.

Glittering career

But that wasn't the end of the world for the QPR man, who says he was lucky to win so much during his professional career.

"No, you can’t have everything. I’ve been fortunate enough to have a good career and to have played football in the Premier League and for England," he says.

Social experience

Ferdinand has confessed however, that as well as competing for Team GB, he'd have loved the opportunity to experience the social side of things, meeting up with different athletes from all around the world.

The ex-England star has a good friendship with the fastest man on the planet, Usain Bolt, and says it would have been great to mingle with even more sports stars.

“It would have been something that I really would have enjoyed - being in the Olympic village, getting to meet loads of other sports stars and the atmosphere around such an event," he adds.

Ferdinand has just released his autobiography '2Sides', revealing much about his personal life and career with England and Manchester United, which came out 2 October.

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