Rio Ferdinand released his much awaited autobiography last week and, in it, he reveals previously untold details of his rise to the top with Manchester United and the club’s sudden and unexpected demise under David Moyes.
To mark the launch of the book at London’s Mayfair Hotel, Ferdinand took time to speak exclusively to GiveMeSport in answer to a number of questions posed by fellow prominent athletes in Britain, with former teammate Wayne Rooney among them.
Missing Manchester United?
Rooney was keen to learn what Ferdinand missed most about Manchester United following his summer departure after 12 years of service, with the veteran centre-back having since joined Queens Park Rangers.
"I miss the lads, to be honest with you, the banter around the training ground and the changing rooms having a laugh,” Ferdinand said. “Taking the mick out of some of the players including Wayne.
"I was involved with a good bunch of lads who I have spent a lot of time with over the years so I probably miss them more than anything.”
Ferdinand was also questioned by Ryder Cup winner Lee Westwood who wanted to know if the former England international would consider a move to his beloved Nottingham Forest. The answer was a polite ‘no’.
Boris Becker, six-time Grand Slam winner, approached Ferdinand with a similar theme, with the German wanting to get to the bottom of whether or not Bayern Munich had ever wanted to sign him.
"I had interest from abroad, not Bayern Munich that I know of," Ferdinand said.
England and Sale fly-half Danny Cipriani also had a football based question for Ferdinand, who was asked to name the three best players he has every had the pleasure to work alongside. It was a particularly touch choice, so difficult in fact that he named five players rather than three.
Top of his list was Cristiano Ronaldo, who was the subject of a further question from Yannick Bolasie. The Crystal Palace winger, perhaps after some tips, was eager to learn what made the Real Madrid superstar so special during his time at Old Trafford.
Olympians Jessica Ennis-Hill, Nicola Adams and Tom Daley, all medalists at the London games of 2012, also contributed questions, with the latter asking if Ferdinand would have liked to have represented Great Britain.