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Thursday, November 15, 2012
Rio: Football about medals, not money

Richard Jolly

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand says his career will be defined by the trophies he has won, not the money he has made.

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Ferdinand, 34, is one of the wealthiest players of his generation, with a reported annual salary of 6 million and an estimated worth of 36 million, according to the FourFourTwo annual rich list.

But the former England captain insisted that winning on the pitch is what matters most.

In a decade at Old Trafford, Ferdinand has reached three Champions League finals, winning one, and has been a Premier League champion five times.

"People talk about money and all the stuff that goes on around football, but to me, it just comes back to winning," he said.

"It doesn't matter how much money you have, at the end of your career, what you will be most proud of are your achievements. If you have won things and continue to win things for this great club, that is something to talk about.

"I wouldn't sit down and talk about how much money I have. It would be more to do with what good times we had and some of the sorrow moments, when we lost games we should have won.

"Football is the most important thing. At Manchester United, winning is definitely at the top of everyone's agenda."

Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes are the only current United players to have won more silverware and, after the two veterans, the 34 year old is the oldest player in Sir Alex Ferguson's squad. Ferdinand believes he has to use his experience to help his younger team-mates with their development.

"It is inevitable when you get to a certain stage in your career, you get looked upon as one of the senior players," he said.

"The others automatically look to you to be the people who are more vocal, not just on the pitch but in the dressing rooms and on the training pitch. That is just the way it happens.

"If you are one of the senior players, you have to use that responsibility the best way you can, by enhancing the performance of others around you."




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