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2002's 30 Million Signing Ferdinand Slates City



We've been overdue a comedy classic from the swamp and the rags most expensive defender has merrily quipped to the hacks that 'money does not buy success...'

In the absence of any great copy from Gary 'Chuckle' Neville, the increasingly creaky Rio Ferdinand has stepped into that big mouthed bitter void with a pearler of an interview.

'I won't like it much if City start doing well,' he droaned. 'This city is not big enough for two big teams. But they have very loyal supporters who have been crying out for success over the years and have not had it, but maybe now they think their time has come, with all the money that has been invested.'

Before gobbing off, maybe he should take a look back at the money Sir Taggart has thrown at his own squad up to and including the era when the Glazer family dragged the Stretford club into gargantuan debt.

There's a way of thinking being peddled about out there since the rags failed to spend much money by their own previous standards this summer that they are suddenly some sort of admirable example to us all.

In fact, they have broken the English record transfer fee repeatedly since signing Gary Pallister for a record 2.3 million in 1989.

Lest we randomly forget some of the rags big pay outs...

1995 'Andrew' Cole 6 million
1998 Dwight Yorke, 12.6 million
2001 Ruud Van Nistelrooy, 19 million
2001 Juan Veron, 28.1 million
2002 Rio Ferdinand, 30 million
2004 Wayne Rooney, 20 million
2007 Owen Hargreaves, 17 million
2008 Dimitar Berbatov, 30.7 million

In a further attempt to emphasise his apparant ignorance, the former Lids man turns his attention to Chelsea's history before Roman Abramovich took over the London Club:

'Sometimes, though, money does not buy success. It can do, as we saw at Chelsea, but they were starting from finishing fourth, fifth and even third in the league (before the arrival of Abramovich.) City are starting from a different position.'

Shurely shome mishtake. Er, for the exact record, Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea in June 2003. Chelsea finished sixth in both the seasons 2000/2001 and 2001/2002 with squads boasting the bought for likes of Cudicini, Melchiot, Gallas, Le Saux, Zenden Lampard , Stanic, Hasselbaink Gudjohnsen, Zola, Petit Le Boeuf, Di Matteo, Flo and Desailly.

For Mercer's sake, this lazy myth that Chelsea only started spending after the oligarch came to Laandaarn Taarn beggars belief.

At least Ferdinand is correct in one aspect. Sheikh Mansour bought a Manchester City Football Club in a far weaker position to that of Chelsea in 2003.

File under You Couldn't Make It Up. Again.

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday September 8 2009

Time: 9:30AM

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Expected nothing less from Uniteds number one muppet. The comments look like they've been played up a bit as he dosen't really have a big crack at us but I still hate him anyway and I can't wait till we put 3 past him and his rag mates in a few weeks.
bluesnozza
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08/09/2009 10:14:00

Stupid comments from a stupid man. If money doesnt buy success, then surely united shouldnt be worried by city splashing the cash. Rio knows the long term outcome of any club out spending united. I see a blue moon risin.... :)
enzo city
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08/09/2009 11:15:00

We rich clubs do take a lot of crap from players like him and it's quite funny especially in this situation. And this is the first time I have ever heard someone acknowledge that Chelsea were semi decent before Abramovic. Mad props vital City, keep up the good work.
bluethrough
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08/09/2009 11:35:00

poor rio,cant wait to see tevez,swp etc run rings around him in two weeks time.
mcfcirish
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08/09/2009 11:46:00

Of course lads Rio is right in a way, the City is only big enough for one big club - but Rio you need to be in Manchester first and foremost and the City part is included in our clubs name afterall. I'll explain it in caveman language for the likes of neanderthals like Ferdinand, Rooney etc "We Manchester, you Salford, simples"
Kevinho
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08/09/2009 13:10:00

Why do you guys get riled up so easily? Let him speak. Let your on field exploits shut him up!
JT_daniel
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08/09/2009 16:28:00

All part of trying to keep the Manchester Derby flame alive after so much sterility in previous years, JT. The sterility in the main coming from the passionless rags at the swamp library. Surely you Chelsea boys still have it with the teams in London? Gimme a bit of Celtic Rangers any day of the week!
Johnny Baguette
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08/09/2009 17:23:00

Wowe, how times have changed. The Rags used to have their pre-derby digs in the 2-3 days leading up to the game. For Rio the Turd to be getting stuck in this early is a surefire indicator that the rags are a bit worried about liddle old ciddy nowadays. Keep them up Rio, I like a good laugh! P.S. JT Daniel, no one here is riled by this muppet's comments, we're just laughing at Mr Lobotomy as per usual.
fifthcolumnblue
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08/09/2009 23:16:00

One word... 'Taxi'
mcfcthriller
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10/09/2009 12:42:00

 

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