‘Immeasurable’ – Rio Ferdinand opens up about price pressure from Leeds United and Manchester United

Former Leeds United defender Rio Ferdinand has admitted it was difficult to shake off the pressure that came at his cost following his move from West Ham United.

The 45-year-old swapped Upton Park for Elland Road in November 2000. The move would make him the world’s most expensive defender at the time, with an £18m fee paid by the West Yorkshire club.

And Ferdinand became an integral part of David O’Leary’s side that reached the semi-finals of the Champions League. The defender would also enjoy memorable moments in his first campaign with the club, including goals against Liverpool and on his return to East London.

He will captain the club next season, having replaced Lucas Radebe, and will produce another impressive tenure for the Whites. However, due to financial difficulties at the club, new manager Terry Venables would be forced to part ways with the defender.

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Before moving to Old Trafford, Ferdinand enjoyed a solid FIFA World Cup campaign. The Three Lions would reach the quarter-finals before being knocked out by Brazil, playing in all five matches which included a goal against Denmark in the round of 16.

Upon his return to England, Leeds accepted an initial offer of £29.3 million, with potential performance add-ons taking the total transfer fee to £33.3 million. The move broke the record previously set by Ferdinand for the most expensive defender on the planet.

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