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Rio Ferdinand exclusive: I am a terrible golfer

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Football is now on an international break, with the England national team playing a double-header of Euro 2016 fixtures over the course of the next week. There are no Premier League or Championship fixtures this weekend which means that many footballers who are not participating in matches for their country get a few days rest.

In this time, many of these will relax with their families or go on a short break away, while others will take to the golf course to unwind with their friends or fellow team-mates.

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One footballer who most definitely will not be taking part in the latter however, is Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand, who has admitted exclusively to GiveMeSport that he is a terrible golfer.

"It frustrated me too much, golf. The ball wasn't going well, it's probably one of the only sports I couldn't master. Every other sport I've mastered when I've picked up a bat or kicked a ball," the 35-year-old said.

All-rounder Rio

He was asked 'were there are any other sports you wanted to play as a youngster?' by current Olympic Heptathlete champion, Jessica Ennis-Hill and his responses were both a little surprising and humorous. 

The ex-England international said: "I was the best table-tennis player in my area, the best tennis player in my area, the fastest 100 metre runner in my area; the rugby guys, they all wanted me."

Rio has always been renowned as an exceptional athlete and has complimented former central defensive partners like John Terry for England and Nemanja Vidic for Manchester United in the past with his ability to cover them with his pace if ever necessary.

Despite his age, you can certainly tell that yard of pace is still there and so it's not surprise he was the fastest sprinter in his area growing up.

Future NBA star?

Another sport he claimed to be pretty handy at was basketball.

"I mean all the top teams, the Bulls (Chicago Bulls), Jordan (Michael Jordan) called me once and said: 'do you want to come and play' but I just turned it down so I continued to play football," he joked.

The 6 ft 2" defender may be a decent height for his Premier League defensive duties but probably falls five or six inches below the average NBA players' height.

Ferdinand is friends with Cleveland Cavaliers star, LeBron James, so I'm sure once his footballing career is over, the basketball star could help Rio get his size 11 feet in the door.

The ex-Manchester United star has just released his autobiography '2Sides', which is available to buy now.

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