The Manchester United great played with some great players during his time in the Premier League and also on the world stage with England. Ferdinand, now a pundit for 'BT Sport' has selected his top five left-footers of all time.
The former England international has jumped to the defence of Lionel Messi, after football icon Pelé suggested that the Argentine is far from the level that he was during his time in the game.
Brazil legend Pele has sensationally claimed that Barcelona star Lionel Messi "only has one skill" and hit out at the comparisons made between the two.
Lionel Messi is close to making a return for Argentina. The Argentine star, who has been absent from the national team since their elimination from the World Cup in Russia, could return for the side's friendly matches in March, and even for the Copa America, as indicated by 'TyC Sports' this week.
The first ever Copa Libertadores final between Argentina's two most popular clubs was supposed to be the "match of the century" and a football festival that would propel the country back into the spotlight following yet another World Cup debacle.
At the age of 31 and having won everything there is to win in the game of football (the World Cup aside) Lionel Messi could be forgiven for taking his foot off the gas and cruising to a comfortable retirement, but the Argentine still has more than a few motivating factors that are keeping him going.
Many people question whether Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi will manage to play at the Qatar World Cup in 2022; their ages casting doubt over any possible appearance. Yet, the void left by the kings of the last decade, has left room for many talented young players, who have four years before arriving to stake their own claim for the starring role.
Again by two goals to nil and in a game that was very similar to the one played in Córdoba, the Argentina national team beat Mexico in with an ode to efficiency, spattered with various good spells of play. Icardi and Dybala were the goalscorers, for what was each player's first strike with the 'Albiceleste'.
Luis Figo has explained the difference in Lionel Messi when he plays for Barcelona in comparison to his success, or lack thereof, with his national side.