Rio Ferdinand exclusive: I've embraced every move I've made in career

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Rio Ferdinand has never been a stranger to big transfer moves after becoming the world's most expensive defender on two separate occasions during the early part of his career.

He began his career at West Ham, before an £18 million move to Leeds in 2000 made him the world's most expensive defender for the first time. 

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Just two years later, his impressive performances attracted Manchester United, who paid around £30 million for the centre back, surpassing former France international Lilian Thuram's move from Parma to Juventus in 2001.

But despite this, the Queens Park Rangers player embraced both moves, being unfazed by his record transfer fees to become one of the best defenders in the world.

Embraced his transfers

"You've made some big club moves during your career. Which were the most difficult and why?" was the question posed to Rio by Nicola Adams, the first woman to win an Olympic boxing title, claiming the gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

To which he exclusively told GiveMeSport: "I never found any of the club moves that I made difficult to be honest; I just embraced them, I looked forward to them, I was lucky.

"I wasn't at a position that I was thinking I'm scared of anything, I wanted to go and achieve things, especially when I left West Ham for Leeds."

He became an integral part of the Leeds squad, becoming captain in 2001 at the age of 23, and scoring a header in the Champions League quarter-final against Deportivo La Coruna to help them progress to the semis.

Manchester United legend

"When I went from Leeds to Manchester United, I wanted to achieve bigger and better things," he said.

He certainly did just that, making 455 appearances for the Reds, scoring eight goals. He also won six Premier League titles, two League Cups, the Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup.

As well as this, he went on to win 81 caps for England, including ten World Cup finals appearances between 1997 - 2011.

QPR challenge

However, he left Old Trafford in the summer after 12 years at the club, with the 35-year-old joining newly-promoted QPR to be reunited with his former West Ham boss, Harry Redknapp.

"Leaving Manchester United and going to QPR is a different challenge altogether but an exciting one," he added.

The ex-England international has found it tough at Loftus Road so far as his side currently languish at the foot of the Premier League table - a far cry from his title winning challenges he regularly experienced at United. But after only seven games, things can only get better for the west London club.

Ferdinand released his autobiography #2Sides, last week, which reveals much more about his career and personal life.

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