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Man Utd veteran Ferdinand: Ballet lessons helped career

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand feels his career has benefited from taking ballet lessons as a kid.

He took up yoga three years ago to give him better longevity, inspired by team-mate Ryan Giggs. But ballet lessons as a kid also set him up for a long career.

Ferdinand told the People: "With the ballet, at the start it was just about getting off my estate and going to meet new girls.

"I would travel 45 minutes on a bus to get there. I didn't tell my mates ­because they would have hammered me. But I enjoyed it and I went two or three times a week.

"Eventually I had to make a decision on what I wanted to do and I chose football - but ballet paid off in a lot of respects.

"With balance and being ­supple it helped, so I am thankful I went to a ballet school."

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