What many Manchester United fans might know is that their former defender Rio Ferdinand is a Chief in Nigeria.

The former England international was given a chieftaincy title in 2008 during a two-day tour of Lagos at the invitation of then state governor Babatunde Raji Fashola.

Ferdinand had the rare chance of meeting the traditional ruler of Lagos, King Rilwan Akiolu who bestowed on him the title of Chief 'Fiwagboye’.

During the ceremony at his palace in Lagos, King Akiolu told the surprised defender that Fiwagboye literally means ‘character maketh wealth.’

More than five years later, that chieftaincy title still mean very much to the now BT Sport pundit.

He took to his Twitter earlier today to congratulate his Nigerian fans as they celebrate their 55th Independence Day and still reminded them that he is a chief.

“Happy Independence day in Nigeria to all my Nigerian friends & fans. From The Chief !,” Ferdinand wrote.

Watch this video of Rio Ferdinand, below: