UCL: Rio Ferdinand names five best forwards in the world

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, has named Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior among his top five best forwards in the world.

Ferdinand, who also named the likes of Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe, Manchester City’s Erling Haaland, Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford and Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka, in the list, described Vinicius as a brilliant footballer.

The former England defender spoke after Vinicius helped Real Madrid to beat Liverpool in the Champions League round of 16 second-leg tie at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.

Ferdinand said on BT Sport, “He [Vinicius] is on that next rung [below Mbappe and Haaland], isn’t he? I think you have got him, Rashford, I think talking about it, Saka’s coming up on the rails.”

“But this kid, the difference between him and the ones I have just mentioned is that he has done it at this level – the Champions League in knockout football and won the Champions League, and been a big part of why they have won.

“A big part of today’s football is pace – pace kills. It scares defenders to death and he not only has the pace, he has got the ability to execute at the top end of the pitch. Brilliant footballer.”