Rio Ferdinand

Birth Day November 7th, 1978
Birth Place Camberwell, England
Age 45 Years Old
Zodiac Sign Scorpio

About Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand is an English former professional footballer who is famous for playing as a center-back. Today, he is a television pundit for BT Sport. He was a longtime player of Manchester United, playing with the team from 2002-2014. He is also known as one of the most decorated English footballers of all time. 

Rio Ferdinand faced injury during the game play


Rio kicks off his football career playing for various youth teams, finally settling at West Ham United where he progressed through the youth ranks and made his professional Premier League debut in 1996. He earned 81 caps for the English national team between 1997 and 2011 and played in three World Cups. He made his senior team debut on 5th May 1996 whereas he made his debut appearance as a television presenter on the day of the England national team's opening World Cup group match against Paraguay in June 2006. Moreover, he also announced that he was launching a career to become a professional boxer in September 2017.

Early Life and Family

On 7th November 1978, Rio Ferdinand was born in Camberwell, England which makes him the nationality of British. However, he grew up in Peckham. He was born to a mixed ethnic background family as he is of African-Saint Lucian descent on his father's side and Irish descent on his mother's side. Rio's real name is Rio Gavin Ferdinand and his race is white. He celebrated his 42nd birthday as of 2020. His religion is Christian and his Zodiac sign is Scorpio. 

Rio Ferdinand was born to an Irish mother, Janice Lavender, and an Afro-20Saint Lucian father, Julian Ferdinand. About his siblings, he has one brother and three sisters on his father's side and a brother and sister from his mother's remarriage. Whereas, his younger brother, Anton Ferdinand plays as a defender.

Talking about Rio's education, he attended Camelot Primary School whereas he later chose to attend Blackheath Bluecoat School to make new friends and settled in well, feeling his confidence growing. Also, at age 11, he won a scholarship to attend the Central School of Ballet in London.

Rio Ferdinand Married Life and Wife

Rio Ferdinand married his pretty wife, Kate Wright on 27th September 2019. The couple announced in June 2020 that they are expecting their first child together, the child. Their son was then born on 18th December 2020. Furthermore, Rio's sexual orientation is straight. 

Rio Ferdinand with his wife, Kate Wright


Previously, Rio was married to Rebecca Ellison in 2009 with whom he was blessed firstly blessed with a son. The couple had two more children. Sadly, Ellison died of breast cancer on 2nd May 2015, aged 34.

Ferdinand was banned from driving for 6 months after he admitted speeding on the A27 at Hangleton in Hove in August 2020. 

Rio Ferdinand Net Worth

Successful footballer, Rio Ferdinand has made a huge fortune from his career. As of 2021, his net worth is estimated to have $75 million as per sources whereas he has a salary of more than 2.08 million per year. Talented Rio's main source of income is from his football career and TV career. He had been sponsored, during his playing days, by the sportswear manufacturing giant "Nike".

Rio Ferdinand Assets


Rio Ferdinand Body Measurements - Height and Weight

Rio Ferdinand is a very handsome man with an athletic body build. He has a tall height of 6 ft 2 in or 188 cm whereas his body weight is around 84 kg or 185 lbs. He has dark brown hair and eyes color. 


  • 2007 - "Rio: My Story"
  • 2013 - "Rio: My Decade as a Red"
  • 2014 - "#2Sides: My Autobiography"
  • 2017 - "Thinking Out Loud: Love, Grief and Being Mum and Dad"

Teams Played

Youth career

  • 1992 to 1995 - West Ham United

Senior career 

  • 1995 to 2000 - West Ham United
  • 1996 to 1997 - Bournemouth (loan)
  • 2000 to 2002 - Leeds United
  • 2002 to 2014 - Manchester United
  • 2014 to 2015 - Queens Park Rangers

National team

  • 1996 to 1997 - England U18
  • 1997 to 2000 - England U21
  • 1997 to 2011 - England

Awards and Achivements


West Ham United

  • UEFA Intertoto Cup: 1999 

Manchester United 

  • Premier League: 2002-2003, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2010-2011, 2012-2013 
  • Football League Cup: 2005-2006, 2008-2009
  • FA Community Shield: 2003, 2007, 2008, 2011
  • UEFA Champions League: 2007-2008
  • FIFA Club World Cup: 2008

Rio Ferdinand with the single Documentary award



  • West Ham United Hammer of the Year: 1997-1998 
  • PFA Premier League Team of the Year: 2001-2002, 2004-2005, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2012-2013 
  • Premier League Player of the Month: October 2001 
  • ESM Team of the Year: 2007-2008 
  • FIFPro World XI: 2007-2008 
  • London Youth Games Hall of Fame: 2010 inductee 
  • Premier League 20 Seasons Awards (1992-1993 to 2011-2012) 
  • Fantasy Teams of the 20 Seasons (Panel choice)
  • English Football Hall of Fame: 2016 Inductee

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