Manchester United’s legendary defender never played outside of England during his illustrious career.
Ferdinand began at West Ham before moving to Leeds and then United.
However, the player-turned-pundit only played for Queens Park Rangers before ending his career at the age of 36.
Many Premier League stars have turned to America in their latter stages, but the wealth of the Chinese Super League is seeing their teams compete for renowned European-based players.
Rio Ferdinand would choose to play in China, although he never left England in his playing career
Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been the target of an £80million approach, while Ferdinand’s former United team-mate Wayne Rooney has also attracted interest from China.
The extortionate wages on offer in the Far East have even drawn in younger players in their prime such as ex-Chelsea playmaker Oscar.
But for Ferdinand, the environment and lifestyle would have been the most intriguing factors for him.
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I really have enjoyed my time in Asia when I’ve been there
When asked to pick between the MLS and China, Ferdinand told Squawka: “Chinese Super League.
“I like the culture there, not that I don’t like the American culture, but I really have enjoyed my time in Asia when I’ve been there.”
The ex-England centre-half doesn’t believe 31-year-old Rooney should go yet though.
Jose Mourinho has left the door open to Wayne Rooney leaving Manchester United for China
Having broken Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record in United’s 1-1 draw at Stoke on Saturday, Ferdinand is still bemused by the criticism Wayne Rooney gets.
He added: “I see people questioning him all that time and I think, if you score 250 goals in a Sunday League team, you’re a legend. Doing it for Manchester United is another level.
“He offers more than just goals. He has so much more to his game in terms of passing, assists, work rate and making sure the team comes before anything else.”