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Ferdinand began his football career playing for various youth teams, finally settling at West Ham United where he progressed through the youth ranks and made his professional Premier League debut in 1996.He became a fan favourite, winning the Hammer of the Year award the following season.
His parents never married and they separated when he was 14 years old.
His father remained close, moving to a nearby estate, and took the kids to football training and to local parks. I enjoyed it." Ferdinand was regularly playing in youth teams and at Eltham Town he played as an attacking midfielder but team scouts saw the young player had the physical potential to be a centre back instead.
His career at United, in which he won 6 Premier League titles and 14 trophies, ended when his contract expired in 2014, and he subsequently joined Queens Park Rangers where he played for just one season before being released from the club as a result of their relegation from the Premier League.
He announced his retirement from professional football on .
He earned his first senior international cap in a match against Cameroon in 1997, setting a record as the youngest defender to play for England at the time.