Rio Ferdinand gets nutmegged by world's best freestyle footballer

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What do footballers have to gain when taking on Sean Garnier - two-times World Freestyle Football Champion?

Ok, you may manage to tackle him once or twice but it’s never going to end well, is it?

So, Rio Ferdinand really should have known better when he took on the Frenchman in a nutmeg challenge. In a small area in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, Ferdinand faced up with Garnier.


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Now, we all know that Ferdinand was one of the best defenders in his generation during his career. During his 12 seasons at Manchester United, Ferdinand lifted six Premier League titles and a Champions League while he marshalled the club's back four. He also played 81 times for England.

So, it’s fair to say he was a pretty accomplished defender before he retired in 2015.

While he may not have been embarrassed too many times during his playing career, he was humiliated this afternoon whilst facing Garnier.

The skilful Frenchman showed off his incredible footwork as Ferdinand looked on scared to make a tackle in fear of being megged.

But as soon as the BBC pundit stuck out a foot, Garnier saw the opportunity to quickly nutmeg him leaving him very embarrassed in front of the small crowd that had gathered.

Just look at Ferdinand’s face at the end and it’s clear to see just how humiliated he was.

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Of course, it’s not the first time Ferdinand has been left embarrassed this week. During a Q&A session with Gareth Bale, the former defender was left red-faced by the Welshman.

In an interview for Ferdinand’s very own FIVE Magazine, the Manchester United legend asked the innocuous question: “What’s the favourite goal you’ve ever scored?”

What could possibly go wrong?

Bale has scored plenty of spectacular goals in the past but the Welshman decided he would troll Ferdinand with his answer.

“I remember running past you once,” Bale cheekily said.

Ferdinand, obviously still scarred from the incident, said “Ah, leave it out! I can’t believe you’ve even gone there. Seriously, I didn’t sleep for about two weeks.

“And all I kept saying was ‘I wish I played against him when I was 25, when I could move.”

It’s been a tough week for poor old Rio. Maybe he should just stick to being a pundit during this summer’s Euro 2016 campaign. What could possibly go wrong there?

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