Rio Ferdinand fires back at John Terry after 'top 5' pick claim 6 months ago

Rio Ferdinand fires back at John Terry after 'top 5' pick claim

'You're lucky I even put you in the top 5 after the racism case'...

Rio Ferdinand has called out John Terry after the former Chelsea captain embarrassed himself on Instagram with a petty response to one of the former's takes on BT Sport.

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Speaking to Virgil Van Dijk ahead of the Champions League final on BT Sport, Ferdinand was choosing his top five centre-backs in Premier League history.

After putting himself top and his long-term defensive partner Nemanja Vidic in second, Ferdinand then opted to put Van Dijk in third, ahead of Jaap Stam, with Terry in fifth.

"I believe I was number one. Serious," said Ferdinand.

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Terry fires back at Ferdinand

Despite receiving praise for his ability, passion and longevity, former England captain Terry wasn't impressed with his placement in Ferdinand's rankings.

The 41-year-old posted a number of graphics to his Instagram story - including the number of times he made the World XI and his win percentage being higher than any other defender - as he defended his position.

Terry accompanied his response with the caption: "Opinions are great but stats don’t lie…"

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After seeing the social media post, the ex-United man couldn't resist responding.

Ferdinand called Terry out on Twitter for having a fragile ego and mentioning the court case between Terry and Rio's brother Anton Ferdinand after Terry was accused of racism in 2011.

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Terry was cleared of the charge in a court of law.

"The moment one has to start pushing their own records and stats it's really time to start addressing the fragile ego," Ferdinand wrote.

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"Your (sic) lucky I even put you in the top 5 after the racism case with my brother so be thankful you made it."

Just a few minutes later, Terry then bit back, addressing Ferdinand's accusation of having a fragile ego but ignoring the other part.

"A fragile ego is putting yourself at Number 1. Thanks for putting me in your top 5," Terry responded.