Rio Ferdinand announces retirement from soccer

Queens Park Rangers center defender Rio Ferdinand has announced his retirement from soccer.
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Queens Park Rangers center defender Rio Ferdinand has announced his retirement from soccer, according to The Guardian.

Ferdinand told BT Sport that he feels it's "the right time for me to retire from the game that I love."

The 36-year-old spent the 2014–15 season with QPR after 13 years with Manchester United. He also previously played for West Ham United and Leeds United.

“This season I really found out that it was time to hang the boots up and get back in the house and watch other people play the game,” Ferdinand said.

Ferdinand played for the English men's national team from 1997 through 2011 and served as team captain.

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"I will always regard the 81 times that I played for England, with immense pride," he said. "These are all treasured memories that will last a lifetime."

On May 1, Ferdinand's wife Rebecca died following a short battle with cancer and the defender missed the final part of the season. In his retirement announcement, he thanked and paid tribute to her, as well as his mother and father.

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