Retired English soccer ace Rio Ferdinand has spoken candidly about his relationship with former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson, revealing that he felt upset at not being named club captain during his successful career at the team.
Ferdinand captained the English Premier League team to a 2008 European Champions League final victory but was never given the duty on a full-term basis. Instead, colleague and fellow defender Gary Neville took the helm during his tenure, which proved to be a successful period for both players and the club.
Speaking in an interview with CNBC, Ferdinand said that he "would be lying" if he said the snub by Ferguson hadn't upset him.
"Sometimes there's situations during your career you think: Am I getting the credit I feel I deserve? But, at the same time that is one of the things that maybe pushed me on to keep improving year in, year out, to sustain and stay at that level for all them years," he said.
"I think I needed, as a person, for something to try and get to and grasp onto. If I had everything at one time, it might have been detrimental to my growth, maybe."