Rio Ferdinand was an English professional football player, who spent most of his career with Manchester United, and is now a television pundit for BT Sport.
Ferdinand has participated in 81 games for the England national and has been three times part of FIFA World Cup. The 41-year-old was one of England's greatest defenders.
Rio Gavin Ferdinand was born in Camberwell back in 1978. Rio comes from a football family. His brother Anton Ferdinand had a decent career and played for Sunderland and his cousin Les Ferdinand was among the most dangerous strikers.
Quickly, he became a sensation and just 19-year-old was included in England national team. After four years with the Hammers, Leeds United signed Ferdinand for a transfer record of £18 million at the time.
He spent two years with Leeds and in 2001 he became their captain, but then Manchester United got interested in the player.
Ferdinand joined Manchester United in 2002 and broke the transfer record once more, as the Red Devils signed him for around £30 million.
Ferdinand helped the team to win the Premier League title in his first season with the team. He had an amazing first season, but in 2003, he failed to attend a drug test scheduled to take place at United's Carrington training ground.
The Football Association imposed to him an eight-month ban from January 2004 at club and at international level.
Rio Ferdinand spent twelve years with United and for that period, he won six times the Premier League. He also won with United two times the League Cup, four times the Community Shield, once the Champions League and once FIFA Cup World Cup in 2008.