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Rio Ferdinand recalls Sir Bobby Charlton's 15-second speech when he was "blubbering"

Rio Ferdinand admits he was "blubbering" as Sir Bobby Charlton spoke to him minutes after Manchester United lifted the Champions League trophy in 2008.

Ferdinand, in the absence of injured Gary Neville, captained the Red Devils to victory over Chelsea on penalties at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Club legend Charlton played a major role in the aftermath of the match, leading the United players up to the stage to collect their winners' medals.

But the moment which Ferdinand says "will never leave his body" came just seconds before the trophy presentation. Charlton - a Munich air disaster survivor and 1968 European Cup-winning captain - took the defender aside to ensure he knew the significance of what United had just achieved. "When Sir

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