Rio Ferdinand disagreed with Oleksandr Zinchenko about his opinion regarding Thomas Partey being a superior holding midfielder to Rodri.

Speaking on the official FIVE YouTube channel, the Arsenal defender was quizzed about which out of the two is better, considering he has played with both.

As Oleksandr Zinchenko favoured Thomas Partey over Rodri, Rio Ferdinand could not believe what he had just heard.

Rio Ferdinand shocked at Oleksandr Zinchenko calling Thomas Partey better than Rodri

The Ukrainian international did acknowledge his former Manchester City teammate’s brilliance, pinpointing how he may be the most indispensable member of that team.

The four-time Premier League winner also said that the £62.8 million (BBC Sport) man has ‘everything’ to his game and he suits Pep Guardiola’s system to a tee.

However, when Oleksandr Zinchenko said that Thomas Partey is better than Rodri, Rio Ferdinand was stunned beyond belief.

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“I’m leaving!”

“I think he’s great but better than Rodri?”, he said with his head in his hands.

It’s safe to say that most football fans around the world would have reacted in the same way as the Manchester United legend did.

Rodri is on another level to Thomas Partey

Rio Ferdinand is justified to have reacted in the manner that he did as Oleksandr Zinchenko has made an egregious claim by rating Thomas Partey more than Rodri.

On the ball, it is almost a no-contest, with Partey in particular known for making a number of howlers when pressed, while the treble-winner may well be the most press-resistant defensive midfielder in the world.

In terms of their passing ranges as well, while the Ghanaian’s might be the envy of many, Rodri can also create chances from deeper areas, which puts him in a league of his own.

Off the ball as well, while the Manchester City lynchpin may not be perceived as much of a natural athlete as the Arsenal anchor, his reading of the game is reminiscent of that of Sergio Busquets.

And in terms of stepping up in the biggest moments, while Thomas Partey’s displays took a massive dip during the business end of last season, Rodri elevated his game, scoring against the likes of Bayern Munich and Inter Milan in the Champions League final.

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