Where is Rio Ferdinand now?
One of the greatest centre backs to ever grace the Premier League, Rio Ferdinand retired from playing at the end of the 2014-15 season after a year playing for Queens Park Rangers.
Ferdinand bagged a number of trophies during his illustrious career including six Premier League titles, two League Cups, the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup.
He also represented the England national side, winning 81 caps and was named in four consecutive World Cup squads from 1998 to 2010.
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Since retiring from playing, Ferdinand has been involved in numerous off the pitch activities including ownership of a record label, launching his own fashion label and also a role as executive producer for a film featuring Danny Dyer called Dead Man Running.
Ferdinand has also launched his own foundation which aims to inspire and enable young people to use their talents in sport, music and dance as well as setting up a company with Bobby Zamora and Mark Noble called The Legacy Foundation which will assist local authorities with funding for affordable housing and local community services.
Whilst still an active player, Ferdinand was invited by the BBC to join their panel of pundits for the 2014 World Cup in South Africa.
He was a huge success with many viewers enjoying his laid back style and knowledgeable opinions and he was signed up again for their coverage of the Euro 2016 tournament in France.
Having already impressed as a pundit with the BBC, Ferdinand was immediately signed up by BT Sport as one of their lead analysts and match pundits when he retired from playing.
Tragedy hit Ferdinand and his family in 2015 when he lost his wife Rebecca to breast cancer at the age of 34 leaving him to raise their three children on his own.
Two years after Rebecca died, Ferdinand courageously appeared in a one-off documentary for the BBC called Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum & Dad which revealed how he was coping with the grief.
In August 2016, Ferdinand was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame.
In July 2017 he was scheduled to play for England in Star Sixes, a new six-a-side indoor international tournament at the O2 in London featuring some of the world’s most iconic footballers.
Unfortunately Ferdinand was unable to participate in the tournament as he tragically lost his mother to breast cancer on the eve of the event.
In September 2017 Ferdinand announced that he would be pursuing a new career in professional boxing.
Linking up with online betting company Betfair, Ferdinand trained with former super-middleweight champion Ritchie Woodhall but was refused a license by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) who said that ‘It was not sensible for him or for the sport’.
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Rio Ferdinand’s #One2Eleven
Rio Ferdinand was a guest on Sky Sports programme The Fantasy Football Club in February 2013 where he picked the eleven best players he had ever played with in their #One2Eleven section of the show.
GK – Edwin van der Sar – cool under pressure and never panicked.
RB – Gary Neville – ‘Motor Mouth’, brilliant not just in terms of defending but also the way he overlapped and attacked.
LB – Ashley Cole – a great one on one defender, great going forward and loves to attack.
CB – Sol Campbell– one on one in his day you couldn’t get past him.
CB – Nemanja Vidic – the best partner I’ve played with, we just seemed to know where each other was going to be.
CM – Paul Scholes – my favourite footballer I’ve played with.
CM – Roy Keane – I remember my first training session when I got the ball from the keeper, I passed it to Gary Neville and Keane just exploded, saying: ‘You passed it sideways, that’s the easy pass! You’re not at Leeds or West Ham now!’
RM – Cristiano Ronaldo – one of the best professionals around, trained hard honing his skills.
LM – Ryan Giggs – a phenomenal player to work with, had pace, skill and drive.
Striker – Ruud van Nistelrooy – he was the mad finisher, he’d get the ball and smash it home whether it be side foot, volley – whatever.
Striker – Wayne Rooney –he can do anything and has got a great understanding of the game.
Rio Ferdinand: Premier League Statistics
|Premier League Teams Played for||Leeds United, Manchester United, QPR, West Ham United|
Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com