As for his hardest opponent, Ferdinand said, "Raul and Zidane were difficult because of the positions they took up, it was hard to know whether to track them or wait for them to come on. Physically, I'd say Mark Hughes and Kevin Davies. With Hughes the ball would be running towards the touchline, I'd be looking to clear down the line and if he was steaming over, I knew I'd be heading into the crowd with a few stud marks for good measure."
And he believes Cristiano Ronaldo is the best played alongside, adding: "Ronaldo is my favourite player of the current era by a mile. If he stays clear of injury I think he'll be up there as one of the best of all time."