Ferdinand has often praised Benzema, and previously he revealed that even when the striker was just emerging as a top talent, it caused him a lot of issues as a player. He told BT Sport: “The first time I played against him was 2008, and that was the first time I had seen him up close and personal.
“If you see the goal he scored against us, look how many players are around him, but all he needed was one touch, it was all one motion. I remember coming off the pitch and Sir Alex Ferguson said ‘don’t worry, I’m trying to get him’. But I think Zidane, Real Madrid, with his African connections, he chose them. I think looking back, Sir Alex I think he will be one of the players he will be most devastated about not going.”