Rio Ferdinand believes his club's global appeal cannot be matched by the Three Lions. The Red Devils centre-back is fiercely patriotic and said: “Playing for England has been one of the highlights of my career.” But Ferdinand insists it is an inescapable fact that the Premier League leaders are bigger than the national team.
Earlier this week it was announced Manchester United are the first sports club in the world to be worth more than £2 billion and Ferdinand said: “Before I signed for United in 2002, I remember talking to Nicky Butt at the World Cup in Japan."
“He said, ‘If you think you get a big following with England, wait until you sign for United’. I didn’t really get it at the time but he was absolutely right."
“When we tour places like Asia with United, it’s just amazing. The interest is so much more than anything you experience with England.”
United are currently first in the English Premier League, 7 points clear of arch rivals Manchester City and are on course to win their 20th title. They will also face Real Madrid in the 1st knock-out stage of the Champions League on February 13th at Old Trafford.