5. Rio Ferdinand
Rio was a rock in the Manchester United defence for 12 years despite his many controversial moments. Even to this day, he remains a legend in the eyes of the Old Trafford faithful.
The Red Devils signed Ferdinand in 2002 from Leeds United for a British-record €46m. He quickly proved his worth by becoming one of the Premier League’s greatest defenders in history.
Ferdinand’s strong defensive mentality, along with his natural talent, made him the full package for Sir Alex Ferguson.