Rio Ferdinand recently made a shocking revelation about his struggles with binge drinking in the early years of his football career.
Ferdinand was part of the Hammers academy in 95′ before a switch to Leeds United where his displays caught the attention of Sir Alex Ferguson in what was a big money move for a young central defender.
And it was during his time at Upton Park – the Hammers’ former home – that he says his drinking reached levels that he now looks back on with regret.
In an interview cited by the Mirror, the former England defender turned pundit said: “I used to get through a load when I was younger. I could probably get through eight, nine, ten [pints].
“Then I’d move on to the vodkas. I could go through loads. I could go all day drinking then wake up and go again when I was younger.
“I always say to people who ask if I have any regrets about playing, I wouldn’t have drunk alcohol.
“When I was younger… I was a lunatic. When I was at west ham… elements of my career are a blur. People talk about certain times in the games and I just sit and nod my head. I haven’t got a clue what they’re talking about. I don’t remember.”