Man Utd hero Nemanja Vidic reveals Rio Ferdinand tears after one game
Manchester United legend Nemanja Vidic has revealed he had to stop Rio Ferdinand crying after the 2008 Champions League final win over Chelsea. The Red Devils beat the Blues on penalties after Cristiano Ronaldo and Frank Lampard had exchanged blows. And Vidic has now opened up on the night.
Manchester United faced Chelsea in the 2008 Champions League final in Moscow.
They took the lead through Ronaldo, who rose to meet Wes Brown’s cross and unleashed a bullet header that sailed beyond Petr Cech.
Chelsea then levelled through Lampard and hit the post via the England international, with Didier Drogba also striking the woodwork.
The Blues looked like they’d win the trophy when Cech denied Ronaldo in the shootout but captain John Terry sent his effort wide.
United then reigned supreme with Edwin van der Sar saving from Nicolas Anelka to give them the trophy.
And Vidic, speaking to United’s official website, has revealed Ferdinand was in tears after the showdown – and he had to stop them.
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“Me and Rio played so many games together, but it’s the most important ones that you remember, like winning the Premier League at Wigan and Blackburn, and definitely the Champions League final against Chelsea in Moscow,” he said.
“Any game you secure a trophy is a special one, so the Champions League final stands out.
“A lot of great players didn’t get the chance to lift that trophy, so in terms of that I would say the Champions League is probably the most memorable game I had with Rio.
“I had forgotten, actually, until he said recently, but I had to stop Rio crying after we won the trophy! We are different in many ways!
“Rio obviously puts so much hard work into everything he does, and he had this dream to win the Champions League.
“I remember beforehand he just kept saying: ‘We have to win, we have to win, we have to win.’
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“It was something he dreamed of and pushed for. When we won it, of course he was emotional. Remember the penalty shootout, that could have gone either way as well… but I have a general feeling like if you won something you should be happy, not crying.
“I just think that way. I never cried when I’m happy. He’s an emotional guy. They were just small tears, nothing major.
“I’d forgotten about that reaction, but it was just a moment.”
Vidic also insisted he and Ferdinand had a ’special bond’ throughout their time at the club together.
“I was very fortunate to play with so many great players at United, with such fantastic team spirit and respect for each other, even though we were from so many different countries and even different generations,” he said.
“With Rio, I had a special bond.
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“We are still in touch now, even though we are both retired from playing and living in different countries.
“Again, we are different because he likes to text, I like to talk on the phone, so that’s the issue there! It has to be a few messages and a bit of talking on the phone.
“We compromise for each other. Sometimes he’ll call, sometimes I’ll text him. That’s how it goes.
“Obviously he has been through some major stuff in his personal life in recent years; not just him but the whole family too. After everything that happened to him, losing his wife and his mother so close together – and they were both great women – I’m just so proud for the way he has handled such a difficult period.
“I am lucky to have known him for so long and to have shared so many memories with him.
“There would always be Rio, there would always be Vidic, but I think without Rio and Vidic together, we wouldn’t have achieved everything that we achieved in the game.”
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