Rio Ferdinand has hit out at John Terry and his ‘fragile ego’ after the previous Chelsea captain took umbrage with the Manchester United legend’s all-time centre-back rankings, even citing the racism storm that embroiled his ex-international team-mate.
The confrontation stemmed from a seemingly innocuous interview Ferdinand performed with Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk this week wherein the pair ranked the best ever Premier League centre-backs.
Ferdinand – who picked himself at primary – considerably surprisingly put each Van Dijk and Jaap Stam forward of his previous England team-mate, although Terry’s assortment of trophies far exceeds each gamers.
Terry nonetheless got here in at quantity 5 on Ferdinand’s checklist, with the BT Sport pundit saying: ‘By way of his longevity at that membership, what they received, physique on the road, a a lot better footballer than folks give him credit score for, may play off his left and proper foot.’
However that reward was scant comfort for what Terry deemed an insulting ranking, with the Chelsea legend posting a string of photographs on Instagram highlighting his many accolades and titles alongside the message: ‘Opinions are nice however stats don’t lie…’
However the rebuttal didn’t go down properly with Ferdinand, who messaged Terry on Twitter simply earlier than midnight on Thursday accusing him of being insecure.
‘The second one has to begin pushing their very own data and stats it’s actually time to begin addressing the delicate ego,’ he tweeted.
Taking the trade even additional, Ferdinand additionally urged that Terry was fortunate to not be discounted from the rankings checklist completely after being accused of utilizing racist language in direction of Rio’s youthful brother Anton in 2011.
He continued: ‘You’re fortunate I even put you within the prime 5 after the racism case with my brother, so be grateful you made it.’
Terry was discovered not responsible in court docket over the allegations, although his FA cost – stating he had used ‘abusive and/or insulting phrases and/or behaviour’ which ‘included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or color and/or race of Anton Ferdinand’ – stood, with the defender handed a four-match ban and fined £200,000.
The spat didn’t finish there, although, with Terry responding to Ferdinand once more with an equally pointed message of his personal: ‘A fragile ego is placing your self at primary. Thanks for placing me in your prime 5.’
Terry additionally retweeted one other publish itemizing his many accolades and awards – reminiscent of having essentially the most clear sheets of any Premier League defender – whereas he additionally hit out at a follower who urged he had ignored Ferdinand’s comment concerning the racism allegations.
‘Stats don’t lie: not responsible,’ he wrote, echoing his earlier remark. ‘Addressed it, now what?’
Though Terry was cleared of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand after a five-day trial at Westminster magistrates court docket in 2012, the incident prompted the top of his worldwide profession after he was stripped of the captaincy, with the defender saying his retirement on the eve of the FA’s subsequent listening to.
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