Rio Ferdinand and John Terry exchange "fragile ego" blows as row rumbles on

Rio Ferdinand and John Terry exchanged "fragile ego" blows as their defenders row rumbled on.

Ferdinand drew the ire of Terry this week when he named him as the fifth-best centre-back in Premier League history during a BT Sport interview with Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk. The Chelsea legend wasn't happy with the Manchester United icon's ranking.

And he questioned the decision on Instagram, posting several pictures showing his achievements and defensive statistics with the caption: "Opinions are great but stats don't lie…" Ferdinand, who put himself in the number one spot, has since hit back with a social media post of his own.

Taking to Twitter, he wrote: "@JohnTerry26 The moment one has to start pushing their own records and stats it’s really time to start addressing the fragile ego. Your lucky I even put you in the top 5 after the racism case with my brother so be thankful you made it."

Terry was found not guilty in court over allegations made by Rio's younger brother Anton Ferdinand in 2011. But his FA charge, which said he has used ‘abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour’ which ‘included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Anton Ferdinand’, stood and he was given a four-match ban and a £200,000 fine.

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The former Stamford Bridge skipper took little time to hit reply. "A fragile Ego is putting yourself at Number 1 @rioferdy5. Thanks for putting me in your top 5," he posted.

Terry also responded to a post from a fan who had accused him of ignoring the racism allegations, writing: "Stats don’t lie “NOT GUILTY” Addressed it now what ?"

Ferdinand's comment which sparked the feud was questioned by Van Dijk, who he put in third place, at the time. "I've only won one Premier League," he said, with Terry lifting a record five for a Premier League captain.

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