London: Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has said he is inspired by veteran midfielders Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, and would like to continue playing as long as he can.
Ferdinand is four years younger than Scholes, who came out of retirement earlier this season, and five years younger than Giggs.
“They are an inspiration to people like me. I’m 33 now and have been at the club 10 years,” The Sun quoted Ferdinand, as saying.
“You see someone like Scholesy, who is 37, and Giggsy, who is even older, and you think to yourself that, hopefully, you can get to those levels in terms of both age and playing at the very top,” he added.
“But I think your body is the defining factor, telling you whether you can or can’t play at that level any more. Fingers crossed, my body holds up and I’ve another few years left in me,” he said.
I was very emotional on the podium and I broke down into tears because this was my first Asian Games after missing the two previous Asian Games, partly because of a doping allegation in 2006 when I was innocent.