MANCHESTER UNITED icon Rio Ferdinand has shared memories of his boozy first pre-season tour as a professional footballer.
Ferdinand, 43, is considered by SunSport readers to be the greatest ever Premier League defender.
He spoke on his Vibe with Five podcast about his introduction to pre-season tours with the Hammers.
He said: “The young kids get to see, live and breathe how a first team player actually lives, it’s beautiful for the young kids.
“I’ve done it myself with West Ham, that was great.
“We went somewhere like Scotland and, to be fair, back then it wasn’t as professional so I was watching how not to do it.
“Players were getting ready for a night out, bringing their best clothes, bringing their best dancing shoes.
“There was a whip round at the end of the tour to go on an all-dayer and an all-nighter at West Ham.
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“You always had your dancing shoes on.
“If you came and you didn’t bring about two or three going out outfits you were in the wrong club at West Ham.”
The Portugal captain is desperate to leave Old Trafford this summer and play at the top level of Europe again.
The forward still has one year remaining on his contract but is yet to return for pre-season training with the Red Devils.