Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has admitted he regrets not leaving club when he had the opportunity to join either Real Madrid or Barcelona.
The former United defender has said not playing abroad remains his biggest career regret.
Speaking to The Big Interview podcast, Ferdinand also opened up on his ‘addiction’ to winning and the Champions League in particular:
“I was obsessed to win the league every year, but I was probably even more obsessed with trying to win the Champions League.
“Whenever I saw a legend at Man United who had won the Champions League, like Sir Bobby Charlton, I always felt in awe, like ‘I’m not at your level yet. Or when I went to an event with Nike and there were all sorts of legend there like Roberto Carlos or Raul.
“The Champions League had that energy to excite you more than other competitions.
“I spoke to my old agent from years ago Pini Zahavi the other day and he said ‘do you have any regrets?’ and my biggest regret probably is not going abroad.
“To listen to him [say]: ‘you could have gone to Real Madrid, I could have got you to Barca… why didn’t you just go?’
“But once I got to United, an addiction and obsession with winning was just there, so I couldn’t leave, I was too addicted to leave.”