Michael Owen’s tribute to Rio Ferdinand on Twitter

Former West Ham United, Leeds United, Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand has retired from professional football.

Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen has taken to social networking site Twitter to give his reaction to the retirement of Rio Ferdinand.

The former West Ham United and Leeds United defender announced on BT Sport on Saturday that he is hanging up his boots.

Ferdinand, who was one of the best central defenders during his best years, struggled for playing time for relegated Queens Park Rangers in the recently concluded 2014-15 season.

Owen played with the 36-year-old centre-back at United and has spoken highly of him on Twitter, describing him as a “Rolls Royce”.

Ferdinand may have struggled in the final years of his career, but there is no doubt that he will go down in history as one of the best defenders of all time in the Premier League.

The former England international began his career at West Ham before earning a move to West Yorkshire outfit Leeds in 2000.

Ferdinand’s best years were at United, with whom he won the Premier League title six times and the Champions League once.

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