Monday 9 December 2019

Rio Ferdinand: 'Wayne Rooney was always smashing his phone and arguing with people'

Rio Ferdinand (L) and Wayne Rooney (R)
Rio Ferdinand (L) and Wayne Rooney (R)

Garreth Murphy

Former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand has revealed that Wayne Rooney always struck him as a “angry young man” and was “always arguing with people outside the training ground, especially on the phone”.

Ferdinand, who was part of the Queens Park Rangers team beaten 4-0 by United on Sunday, made the criticisms of Rooney in his new autobiography #2Sides, which is being serialised in The Sun.

He wrote: “Rooney seemed to fly into a rage about the smallest things and went through mobile phones like they were sweets. He’d smash phones in frustration, throwing them on the concrete. Other players used to laugh about it.”

Ferdinand also revealed that he found it difficult to be friends with rival players – even while on England duty – as he felt they were “f**king laughing at me”.

Ferdinand writes: “I struggled to make friends on other teams. I don’t seem to be able to open and be really pally with people I’m in direct competition with. I felt the tension with England together. If Chelsea had won the league or beaten us in the Cup, I’d be sitting and thinking ‘Are they f**king laughing at me?’"

Ferdinand also revealed that he had to deal with racism growing up on a tough council estate. He reveals that his mother, Janice, kicked in a neighbour’s door after Rio was subjected to a racial slur.

“My neighbour called me a “black bastard” and a n*****. I went back to my Mum and said: ‘What’s a n*****. Mum went straight round, kicked the dorr down, dragged the woman out and made her apologise to me.” 

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