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Rio Ferdinand admits Spain’s Sergio Busquets ‘made him feel like a Conference player’ in Man Utd vs Barcelona

RIO FERDINAND has admitted Sergio Busquets left him ‘feeling like a Conference player’ when they came up against each other.

The Manchester United legend was part of Red Devils sides that took on Barcelona in the 2009 and 2011 Champions League finals.

Sergio Busquets (right) forced Rio Ferdinand into recalling some painful memories


Sergio Busquets (right) forced Rio Ferdinand into recalling some painful memoriesCredit: Getty
Ferdinand says Busquets left him feeling 'like a Conference player' in 2011


Ferdinand says Busquets left him feeling ‘like a Conference player’ in 2011Credit: Getty

Despite playing the second final at Wembley, the Old Trafford giants hardly laid a glove on the team many consider to be the best club side ever.

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Pedro fired Barca ahead only for Wayne Rooney to equalise on the half hour mark.

Lionel Messi made it 2-1 before David Villa grabbed a third to seal the trophy for the star-studded Catalans.

Despite the immense talent on display, there was one player in particular that Ferdinand still has nightmares about.

And providing the half time analysis on BBC of Spain’s Euro 2020 semi-final with Italy, he recalled the incident.

It was after watching the 32-year-old midfielder produce a standout display in the first period against the Azzurri that he provided viewers with an insight into his struggles a decade ago.

And the former England defender still appears to be haunted by that night.

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Ferdinand said: “It was here at Wembley, and we got abused in that game by Barcelona, they were brilliant.

“So your confidence is low and I was trying to get the ball back from him [Busquets] at a throw-in and he just said ‘ah Ferdinand, Vidic… boom, boom, boom’ [imitating long balls].

“I felt like a Conference player.”

“He has bossed this game and he’s a fabulous player to watch.”

But the night ended with Busquets and his Spanish team-mates crashing out of Euro 2020 as Italy won a thrilling game on penalties.

Federico Chiesa opened the scoring for Italy before Alvaro Morata forced extra-time.

But it was Morata who would turn villain, the Juventus striker and Dani Olmo missing their penalties as Italy progressed.

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They will now meet the winner of Wednesday night’s massive clash between England and Denmark.

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