Rio Ferdinand and John Terry reignite Twitter feud over all-time Premier League list as Manchester United and Chelsea legends target each other’s ‘fragile egos’

Rio Ferdinand and John Terry have reignited their Twitter feud by taking aim at each other’s “fragile egos”.

No love lost between the pair after Chelsea legend Terry left accused of racially abusing Ferdinand’s brother Anton in 2011.

Terry and Ferdinand fell out in 2011

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Terry and Ferdinand fell out in 2011

And the bad blood resurfaced on Thursday after the Manchester United icon placed Terry fifth on his list of the Premier League’s best defenders, placing himself first.

Terry responded with a post on Instagram, showcasing the most impressive stats of his career, along with the caption, “Opinions are great, but stats don’t lie.”

And Ferdinand responded by calling the former Blues defender.

The former Red Devils star wrote on Twitter: “@JohnTerry26 The moment one has to start pushing their own records and stats, it’s really the time to start addressing the fragile ego.

“You’re lucky I even put you in the top five after the racism case with my brother, so be thankful you made it.”

Terry responded, “A fragile ego is putting himself at number 1. Thanks for putting me in your top 5.”

Ferdinand sent Terry this message on Twitter

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Ferdinand sent Terry this message on Twitter

Terry was quick to respond

@JuanTerry26

Terry was quick to respond


The former Chelsea captain was handed a four-match ban and a £220,000 fine by the FA after allegations of racist language towards Anton during a match against QPR, but was acquitted in court after being charged.

Rio cut ties with Terry following the incident, calling his former England teammate an “idiot” in a 2014 autobiography.

In the middle of Anton’s 2020 documentary ‘Football, Racism and Me’, Terry responded to claims that he never got close to the Ferdinand brothers.

told the Times:: “It is disappointing to read and hear that I have never been close.

“I tried to phone Rio and Anton numerous times, literally the same night. [as the game]the next day and that week after the incident.

Terry responded to Ferdinand's list with this post on Instagram

@johnterry.26

Terry responded to Ferdinand’s list with this post on Instagram

“Then about three or four years ago, I saw Rio on the beach in Dubai, so I went up to him and said, ‘Do you have five minutes? I would like to talk to you’.

“He told me, ‘I don’t want to talk to you, JT.'”

However, Ferdinand praised Terry for his footballing ability while discussing his roster with Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.

He said: “In terms of his longevity at that club, what they earned, the body at stake, a much better footballer than people give him credit for, he could play with his left and right foot.”

Both Terry and Ferdinand are considered two of the best centre-backs in Premier League history, with 11 titles between them.

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