Rio Ferdinand has revealed that Nemanja Vidic stopped him from crying after Manchester United won the UEFA Champions League in 2008.
A special night in Moscow, as Man United triumphed on penalties against Chelsea in the final, Ferdinand was overcome by emotion after some kind words from club legend Sir Bobby Charlton.
Charlton, of course, was part of the Busby Babes and then the United side that won the club its first European trophy, the 1968 European Cup.
Ferdinand told BT Sport of how his defensive partner Vidic stopped him from crying on the pitch.
“Sir Bobby Charlton came down and started speaking to me about the history of it and what it meant for me, the captain, to go up those steps and lift the trophy,” Ferdinand explained.
“He said a few nice, kind words and then I saw my family on the other side and it just hit me. My lip started going and I started to well up a little bit and I remember Vida (Vidic) and said: ‘Rio, not here.’
“And I said: ‘Alright, sorry Vida.’”
Vidic and Ferdinand were one of United’s finest centre-back pairings, and one of the football’s best ever.
That night in Moscow was one of United’s best ever nights, and to get an insight into the emotions of the two players is fascinating.