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As Rio Ferdinand quits, here are his best moments

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
End of the road for Ferdinand
End of the road for Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand has announced his retirement after a career spanning 19 years and with plenty of medals to his name.

Having played over 500 times during his club career and collecting 81 England caps there are plenty of games that helped him to build his legacy and here is a reminder of his best moments from his days at Manchester United.

MAN UTD v WIGAN - PREMIER LEAGUE - 14/12/2005

Ferdinand took his time to find his first goal for United, but it finally arrived during a comfortable 4-0 victory against Wigan at Old Trafford. 

He would go on to score a further seven goals for United, as well in his 12 year career at the club.

MAN UTD v LIVERPOOL - PREMIER LEAGUE - 22/01/2006

Goals do not often define central defenders but, with Ferdinand rising to head home a last-minute winner from a Ryan Giggs free-kick against their old foes at the Stretford End to set up a 1-0 win, this was one of his most memorable.

He also played his part in keeping Liverpool out at the other end, with defensive colleague Gary Neville subsequently fined £5,000 after over-zealously celebrating Ferdinand's winner in front of the Liverpool contingent inside Old Trafford.

MAN UTD v BARCELONA - CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL SECOND LEG - 29/04/2008

A game that will always be remembered for the Paul Scholes goal which settled the tie and put United into the final after a 1-0 victory.

But Ferdinand, who would captain the side to their third European Cup, led the defence that kept Lionel Messi, Samuel Eto'o, Thierry Henry and Yaya Toure at bay - and all without injured central defensive colleague Nemanja Vidic.

MAN UTD v CHELSEA - CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL - 21/05/2008

The rain crashed down in Moscow, but Ferdinand and Vidic stood firm as Chelsea pushed for a winning goal in the second half of the Champions League final.

In the end, a penalty shoot-out went in United's favour and Ferdinand got his hands on the biggest prize in European football.

MAN UTD v SWANSEA - PREMIER LEAGUE - 13/05/2013

With a Premier League title winning party in full swing at Old Trafford, Ferdinand blasted home a late winning goal against Swansea to cause an explosion of noise among the United fans.

His celebrations capped off a wonderful farewell afternoon for outgoing United manager Alex Ferguson and secured a 2-1 win.