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Overview (4)

Born in Peckham, London, England, UK
Birth NameRio Gavin Ferdinand
Nickname Ferdz
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Rio Ferdinand was born on November 7, 1978 in Peckham, London, England as Rio Gavin Ferdinand. He is an actor and producer, known for Dead Man Running (2009), 90 Minutes (2019) and Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad (2017). He was previously married to Rebecca Ellison.

Spouse (1)

Rebecca Ellison (27 June 2009 - 1 May 2015) ( her death) ( 3 children)

Trivia (14)

Is the cousin of former England striker Les Ferdinand.
Was named after Rio Grande.
His younger brother, Anton Ferdinand, plays for West Ham United, where Rio began his career.
Was forced to serve an eight-month playing ban for missing a routine drugs test (January-September 2004), in addition to being fined, by the Football Association
Joined Manchester United from Leeds United for a British record fee of £29 million in summer 2002
Playing career: West Ham United FC 1996-2001; Leeds United AFC 2001-2002; Manchester United FC 2002-
England international footballer (central defender)
Rio supported Liverpool as a boy.
His favorite player was John Barnes.
League Cup Winner 2006.
Together with girlfriend Rebecca, he's expecting his first baby in August 2006.
He played for England in the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups of Soccer.
His first child, Lorenz, was born the 24th of July 2006
2008 Champions League winner, with Manchester United.

Personal Quotes (16)

People have an opinion of me from what they read in the papers and the image painted by the media, and I probably haven't helped myself. But my mates and the people close to me know what I'm really like. I'm not trying to paint this picture of a do-goody who never does anything wrong; I've made mistakes and have done things I would change... The stuff in Ayia Napa, the drug test - I would like to change that, but these things happen for a reason to help you learn and appreciate where you are in life. One of the hardest things for me about becoming a footballer was accepting that I had to be responsible for my actions, that I have a responsibility to people and to young kids. That's hard to grasp when you're just a kid yourself. For Michael Owen it was easy, his life was... I wouldn't say simple, but he was quite a mature 18-year-old and he dealt with the bright lights admirably. I was an outgoing kind of child, willing to see things for myself and to get burnt. And I have been burnt, but there's a lot that I wouldn't change as well because, like I've said, I have seen a lot with my own eyes and learned.
Footballers are creatures of habit and for as long as I can remember at United, it was a ritual that we had low-fat chips the night before a game. We loved our chips, but [manager David] Moyes comes in and, after his first week, he says we can't have chips anymore.
Our lives are quite boring. I spend a lot of time watching Coronation Street and Eastenders.
It doesn't matter whether you're a senior or not, if something needs saying to a colleague it will be said.
I've heard people say it looks as if I don't care and I've certainly read that, but the way I play is natural. I don't think I can change it. I know I'm working as hard as the next man, even if it doesn't always look that way.
[Describing a night out he was invited to by Jamie Redknapp at the age of 17] People were buying the players drink after drink and there were birds crawling all over them. Jamie's a good-looking lad, of course, but I soon learned that if you're a footballer it doesn't matter how pig-ugly you are, you will always get attention from the fittest birds. Crazy, innit? The world we live in is mad because... I'll be honest with you, if I saw an ugly bird and she was a celebrity with loads of money, she wouldn't attract me at all. It's true, but some people are different, some people say, 'Yeah, I don't fancy him, but I'll sacrifice his looks if he is bringing all of the other stuff'. I don't understand that mentality. I think you've got issues if you're doing that kind of thing, but a lot of people are.
He [Joe Cole] has always been a slippery little git!
[on his late wife] When we started going out, I said, 'If we moved in together, would you stop working?' And she said, 'Are you crazy? I'd be bored'. I admire stuff like that. I wouldn't have any respect for someone who was going with somebody because he was successful.
I used to read every, well, most nights. I think reading helps me in terms of relaxing. It helps me to get my mind off the game a little bit more and it helps me to be a little bit more focused.
When I'd go out on a date with a girl, I used to know within the first hour whether she was good for me. [The interviewer asks how he knew.] Well, you might ask, 'What do you want to do?' And if she sat there looking pretty and said, 'Ah, I don't know', it was not a good start. I liked it if they were driven or wanted to do something on their own.
I never once didn't accept responsibility for that drug test. I've always accepted full responsibility - I should have gone to the test, but I genuinely forgot. My excuse was a simple excuse, and people are still picking on it and saying, 'That's bollocks', but I'm sorry, that's the truth, that's what happened. I forgot.
I've heard it said I must be gutted to have been brought up in a place like Peckham. Rubbish.
The foreign players would go on about the drinking culture in England, telling us not to drink 20 pints in one night because it wasn't good for you. It didn't seem to register with them that smoking 20 Embassy wasn't either. It certainly wouldn't have helped me fulfill my big ambition, which was to pull on the full England jersey.
There were subjects I liked, such as PE, English, maths and drama. I was lucky; I had good teachers who made those subjects interesting.
Some of the lads at school smoked, but I didn't like it. It made me feel sick. I would only take a couple of drags to be part of the crowd, but I even stopped doing that. It wouldn't have been very good for my football either.
While West Ham gave me a magnificent football education, some of the players were the worst influence a young player could ever have. Smoking, drinking, gambling, clubbing - they did it all. Bernard Lama, a French keeper, Slaven Bilic and Dicksy all smoked on the team coach. The smoke filled the coach and you had to walk through a fog before you could see your way clear to get off. At the back of the coach there was a semi-circular settee and a table which was always the hive of activity. Dicksy and Moncs and the like would say to me and Frank, 'Come and sit back here. See what it's like to be a real footballer.' We went to Man City one Friday and the lads stocked up with booze. When we arrived Ian Bishop was so pissed he fell off the bus! He was supposed to be playing the next day. Me and Frank didn't think it was bad. We just looked at each other and thought, 'Is this what it's like? It's blinding!' We didn't drink on the bus, though, we left that to the older ones. We just watched.

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