A former English soccer player, Rio Ferdinand grew up in Camberwell, England, with his parents, Janice Lavender and Julian Ferdinand.
Starting with West Ham United in 1992, the English soccer player initially spent three years in the club’s youth. He eventually made his professional debut in Premier League in 1996.
Rio was soon recognized for his talent and earned his first senior international cap in a match against Cameroon in 1997.
As a result, he set a record for being the youngest defender to play for England at the time.
On July 22, 2002, Rio Ferdinand signed a five-year contract with Manchester United, becoming the most expensive British soccer player and the world’s most expensive defender at the time.
Rio Ferdinand’s career peak came on May 21, 2008, when he led Manchester United to a Champions League victory over Chelsea.
During his time at United, he won six Premier League titles and was named the Team of the Season six times.
Rio Ferdinand Parents: Janice Lavender And Julian Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand was born on November 7, 1978, to Janice Lavender, who is of Irish descent, and Julian Ferdinand, who comes from Saint Lucia.
His parents began their relationship when Janice was only 15 years old, and Julian was 20.
They lived together but were never married, with Julian working different jobs to support his family while Janice took care of Rio and his younger siblings.
However, they eventually separated when Rio was 14, and both went on to remarry.
Rio’s father took custody of the children, which led to his relationship with his father improving over time.
Ferdinand shared his childhood with his several siblings, including a brother and three sisters from his father’s side and a brother and sister from his mother’s remarriage.
Like Rio, his brother Anton Ferdinand is also a defender, while his cousins include Les Ferdinand, who played for the England national team 17 times, and Kane Ferdinand, who represented Ireland in youth competitions.
Rio Ferdinand Controversies Throughout His Career
Rio Ferdinand has faced numerous controversies during his soccer career, including several driving bans that prevented him from becoming the youngest player to play for England.
In 2003, Ferdinand was suspended for eight months after failing to attend a drug test.
Likewise, in another incident in 2008, he kicked a female steward during a match against Chelsea.
Although he later claimed he had only accidentally bruised her foot and apologized for his behavior.
In October 2014, Ferdinand was once again charged by the FA as he used offensive language on Twitter, referring to the mother of a critic as a “sket,” which is a Jamaican slang word for a promiscuous female.
In addition, he was banned from driving for six months after admitting to speeding at 85 mph on the A27 at Hangleton in Hove in 2020.
As a result, he was also ordered to pay £822 in fines and costs. Despite his controversies, Rio Ferdinand is still considered one of the greatest defenders to ever represent England.
Rio retired from his professional soccer career on May 30, 2015, after ending his international career in 2013 to focus on his other endeavors.
He has since become a pundit for BT Sport, providing analysis and commentary on various soccer matches across Europe.