Date: 19th December 2007 at 6:20pm
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Wayne Rooney reckons Rio Ferdinand is the world’s best defender at the moment.

Rio excelled in the 1-0 win at Anfield and his performance certainly deserves praise. Yet Rooney took it one step further than simple praise.

‘Vida and Rio were brilliant for us,” he added.

“I think Rio is probably the best defender in the world at the moment. He’s been doing really well for us. The whole defence and the whole team is defending well.”

Yeah, I know, the usual self-hype. But it’s worth some debate. Do you agree with him? Rio, with his brilliant skills but lapses of concentration, is better than Nesta, Terry, Gallas, Puyol, Cannavaro?

Is the world’s best defender, not on abilities, but on current form?