June 12, 2021

Rio Ferdinand pranked by Robbie Savage in brutal footage ahead of Euro 2020

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This is the moment Wales legend Robbie Savage pranks former foe Rio Ferdinand – leaving the ex-England defender open-mouthed.

Rio was told he was being inducted into the Heineken ‘Hall of Fame’, which promised to put together portraits of the game’s greatest stars.

What he didn’t know is that there was no hall of fame and the whole thing was set up by Savage, who put together a team of actors to conspire against the Manchester United legend.

The ‘painter’ thought Rio was Welsh, and added the country’s flag in the Rio portrait.

After it was unveiled, Rio is left startled as he explains the apparent mistake before a laughing Savage enters the room to poke fun at him as they toast to the prank with a beer.

Savage pranks Rio in hilarious clip
(Image: PA)

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Rio says: “1-0 to Robbie but it’s not over yet, let’s see what happens in the group stages.”

He added: “I was genuinely honoured to be selected for the Hall of Fame and I had no idea what to expect.

“My first reaction of the painting is that the artist had done me a favour on the calves, but then I saw the Welsh shirt and flag, the daffodils.

Rio standing in front of the ‘mishap’
(Image: PA)

“That flag and me don’t go! I played 81 times for England and I’m not going to be exhibited as a rival Welshman!

“After the initial shock, I was starting to get properly wound up, but then my mate Robbie appeared with a huge grin on his face and I realised that I’d properly been stitched up and he was just stoking the rivalry ahead of the tournament starting.”

Savage added: “Rio is a proud Englishman and legendary prankster in his own right, so the planning to get one over on him had to be meticulous.

Savage’s prank came as part of Heineken’s ‘Finally Together’ campaign
(Image: PA)

“Watching his ego inflate and then come crashing back down to the earth clutching a bunch of daffs and wearing the Welsh flag was brilliant. 1-0 to Wales.”

Heineken is the official Euro 2020 sponsor, and the prank came as part of its ‘Finally Together’ campaign which focuses on fans getting back together again for the tournament.

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