Rio Ferdinand is widely acknowledged as one of the most talented and skilful defenders in the world. His transfer from West Ham to Leeds was a British record at the time, a feat he achieved again with his subsequent move to Manchester United. Ferdinand's success on the pitch has been meteoric; including high drama in the Champions League, three World Cups and a dramatic Premiership victory.
Here, for the very first time, Ferdinand reveals all about his infamous missed drugs test, the controversies surrounding both his transfers, his supposed reluctance to re-sign for United in 2005, the alleged tapping-up meeting with Chelsea's Peter Kenyon and various tabloid headlines involving partying and women.
Born in Peckham, Ferdinand signed for West Ham as a schoolboy, turning professional at the age of 17. He played 158 games for the Hammers before transferring to Leeds United in November 2000, with whom he reached the Champions League semi-final in 2001. Following his star performance in the 2002 World Cup, he joined Manchester United. He made his England debut in November 1997 and was one of the team's best performers in the 2006 World Cup. He has won 56 caps.