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Rio Ferdinand reveals he ‘didn’t like’ old pal Frank Lampard after he joined Chelsea

The relationship between the two Premier League veteran's broke down after they grew up together at West Ham

Rio Ferdinand has revealed why his relationship broke down with ‘best friend’ Frank Lampard.

The two Premier League veterans became rivals after growing up together at West Ham.

The two players stopped talking after joining rival sides in the English top-flight

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The two players stopped talking after joining rival sides in the English top-flight

Ex-Manchester United skipper Ferdinand was regularly battling against his former team-mate after he signed for Chelsea.


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This rivalry led to the two players struggling to put their club rivalry to one side while on international duty.

As a result, the previously close relationship between the two England stars suffered.

The Red Devils legend said: “We had a generation that were nicknamed the golden generation of players where expectations were huge for us as a national team to go out and win something.

Frank Lampard is the all-time leading goalscorer for Chelsea

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Frank Lampard is the all-time leading goalscorer for Chelsea

Rio Ferdinand joined the Reds in 2002 for a fee of around £30million

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Rio Ferdinand joined the Reds in 2002 for a fee of around £30million

“And that there is what held us back. Not being able to separate club ties to international football.

“I wrote a chapter in my book about Frank Lampard. We grew up together at West Ham, then we went our separate ways.


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“I went to Man Utd and he went to Chelsea. We did everything together from 16 to 21, we roomed together, travelled together, did everything together.

“When I went to Man Utd and he went to Chelsea, we stopped talking. We never spoke about it, we just stopped talking.

Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Gary Neville and David Beckham during an England training session

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Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Gary Neville and David Beckham during an England training session

“I wrote this chapter at the end of my career, before it went out, out of courtesy. I sent it to Frank and asked him if it was okay to include.

“He text me back saying if he had written a chapter on me, it would have been word for word. Exactly the same.

“We didn’t hate each other but I didn’t want to give him anything that he could take back to Chelsea.

“I just didn’t like him anymore really because he was playing for Chelsea. He was getting his hands on a trophy that I wanted. It was an obsession with winning.

The two Premier League giants train for England in 2006

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The two Premier League giants train for England in 2006

“We grew apart and didn’t speak. But now we speak. He was at my birthday the other day.

“What sport can do to a personal relationship is nuts. Its mad. All for the obsession of winning.”