Rio Ferdinand is a respected retired footballer who was a key player for the England national team. He is well known for his unmatched skills as a center-back. Worth noting is that he participated thrice in the FIFA World Cup.
In 1988, he played his first England game as a substitute in a friendly match against Cameroon. Within a period of 14 years, he played for the England national football team 81 times. The player signed as a Western Ham schoolboy in 1992. He is now a television pundit for BT Sport.
- Birth name: Rio Gavin Ferdinand
- Year of birth: November 7, 1978
- Nationality: English, British
- Gender: Male
- Rio Ferdinand height: 1.89 m (6 feet 2 inches)
- Weight: 82 Kgs
- Rio Ferdinand twitter: @rioferdy5
He was born in London, United Kingdom at King's College Hospital. His father, Julian Ferdinand, was a professional tailor, while his late mother, Janice Lavender, was taking care of their children. Their family which was quite large lived in Peckham. However, his parents separated when Rio was 14 years old but they promised to stay close to their children. Rio Ferdinand age is 41 years.
Rio Ferdinand football career
His football career path started in 1992, after joining West Ham United football club. Within a span of there years, he developed his skills quickly and gained the faith of the managers. He was qualified to perform at higher levels.
In 2002, he moved to Manchester United and played successful matches. In 2015, he retired from the world of football to pursue other dreams. Rio Ferdinand brother, Anton, plays for Southern United also as a center-back.
Rio Ferdinand boxing career
In May 2018, he announced on his twitter handle that he will pursue boxing. He had been training for the game since 2017, where he used to post several clips of his training sessions. Despite his hard weekly training, Rio stated that he had to hang up his gloves after the British Boxing Board of Control failed to review his boxing license application.
Rio Ferdinand late wife
His first wife was Rebecca Ellison. She was born on December 5, 1980. Rebecca was a fitness trainer from Essex. She was well known as his girlfriend, and in 2009, they tied their nuptial knot.
How did Rebecca Ferdinand die?
After battling cancer for several years, she lost the fight to breast cancer in 2015 at the age of 34 years. Ferdinand announced her death and said they would greatly miss her as a family.
Who is Rio Ferdinand wife?
Kate Wright, the Ex-Towie star, tied the knot with Rio Ferdinand Manchester United former captain on Friday 27, 2019 in the no-expense wedding. They were surrounded by close friends and family members. Their wedding ceremony took place at D Maris Bay Hotel. The costs were 4,000 dollars per night in a resort in Marmaris, Turkey.
Rio Ferdinand kids
He has three children from his previous marriage, namely Lorenz 12 years, Tate 10 years, and Tia eight years old. Kate Ferdinand is а new step-mother to the kids. Before marrying Kate, he was raising them alone. He has been keeping the identities of his kids private making it difficult for people to identify the kids on his social media photos.
Rio Ferdinand latest news
On Friday 14, 2020, UEFA Champions League banned Manchester City for the next two seasons from European competition and on top finned them 30 million dollars, where 24 million dollars were for the breaches of Financial Fair Play.
What is Rio Ferdinand net worth?
The fact that he played in a number of Premier Leagues before his retirement proves that he earned a large amount of money throughout his career. It is estimated that Rio is worth about 55 million dollars. His football career and skills have made him extremely wealthy.
Rio Ferdinand is renowned for being among the best players. His career is an epitome of great success which makes him a role model to many young players.