On this day: Rio Ferdinand joins Leeds United from West Ham United

On this day back in 2000, Leeds United signed Rio Ferdinand from West Ham United.

These days Rio Ferdinand is playing for Queens Park Rangers having come towards the end of his career, but back in 2000 on this very day he joined Leeds United for a club record fee.

Having been hugely impressed at West Ham United, Ferdinand was snapped up by Leeds for £18 million.

At the time, the Whites were one of the major forces in the Premier League and were also making heads turn in Europe.

The former England international centre-back was on the books of the West Yorkshire outfit for the following two seasons, during which time he helped them reach the semi-finals of the Champions League and was also made the team captain.

In the summer of 2002, Leeds were forced to sell Ferdinand to Manchester United for a then-record £30m due to financial problems.

While the Englishman went on to establish himself as one of the best players in Europe with United, the Whites suffered relegation from the Premier League in 2004.

Ferdinand’s departure from Leeds was messy and controversial, but one cannot argue that during his two years at Elland Road he was a key player for the team.

Then still raw and developing, the current QPR star showed his potential and ability to become one of the best. Ferdinand was without doubt one of the best defensive signings Leeds have made in recent history, if not the best.

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