Rio Ferdinand has poked fun at former Manchester United teammate Patrica Evra during Soccer Aid.
The Frenchman is playing for the World XI at the London Stadium as they look to back up their success of 12 months ago, which Evra also played in. The former pro retired back in 2018 and was a little off the pace as he air kicked the ball before scything down Olympian Mo Farah.
Ferdinand was quick to mock his former colleague as he recorded the incident, which he then put on social media with several laughing emojis. He simply included the caption: “Pattty” with more laughing emojis. Evra is playing alongside fellow former pros Cafu, Roberto Carlos and Andriy Schevchenko.
Evra enjoyed a trophy-laden career during his career, helping United win the Champions League in 2008. Whilst at Old Trafford he also claimed several Premier League medals, later going on to enjoy success at Juventus, helping them reach the Champions League final in 2015.
He has been hugely outspoken about the current state of affairs at his former club in recent years. Evra was also involved in a recent war of words with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola after accusing them of lacking personality before the Catalan referenced his victory over Evra and United in the 2011 Champions League final.
The former Red Devil is up against an England side coached by Harry Redknapp, who has made light of the fact that he never led the Three Lions during his career. He said: “‘Harry Redknapp, England Manager’ – who would ever have thought that, eh? Not that I was keeping score – but they tell me that England haven’t won since 2018. Oh dear.
“Anyone who knows me will tell you that I would never turn my country down, so when they asked me to be England Manager, I had to say yes. I know Usain is a bit miffed I’m leaving him – but the big man will get over that! I hope to see you all there on Sunday 12th June. Get your tickets now!”
Popstar Liam Payne, who was part of One Direction, will skipper England and said: “It doesn’t get much better than captaining England in Soccer Aid while fundraising for UNICEF. I can’t believe I get to run out onto the pitch with some of my heroes all while raising money for such a great cause. To be given the captain’s armband is a real honour and I’m determined to lead us to victory!”