We All Follow United
·2 December 2021
We All Follow United
·2 December 2021
Rio Ferdinand has a net worth of $75million. This doesn’t only represent his earnings from football but also many business ventures. One of the finest players of his generation, he earned a hefty sum of money from his Manchester United contract and Nike sponsorship deal.
He also made money by investing in property, music, television and the film industry. He owns several properties in London, Cheshire, and Morocco, which further adds to his wealth. Ferdinand also owns a record label White Chalk Music in partnership with a friend. In the film industry, he invested money in Alex de Rakoff’s 2009 film Dead Man Running. These business ventures kept the cash flowing long even after he retired from football.
Ferdinand, from a very young age, had a knack for sporting activities. He was constantly playing with local teams like Eltham Town and showed signs of becoming a pro footballer one day. Eventually, his physicality and stamina attracted the eyes of team scouts. He was invited to train with Charlton Athletic, Chelsea, Millwall and Queens Park Rangers during his youth days. He even sometimes went to the Middlesbrough training facility.
However, Ferdinand chose the West Ham United youth system to kickstart his career. It was there that he had the chance to play with Chelsea legend Frank Lampard. The Hammers gave him his first Youth Training Scheme contract in January 1994.
Ferdinand’s grit, determination and physical ability helped him to rise through the youth ranks. Eventually, the Hammers offered him a professional contract. On 5 May 1996, he made his senior debut but didn’t convince the managers as he was soon loaned to AFC Bournemouth. He joined the Hammers again in the January of 1997.
Ferdinand’s talent was no secret. Manchester United were aware of him and made enquiries to West Ham in 1997. However, the Hammers ruled out any deal involving the young defender. In the 1997-98 season, he won the Hammers of the year award due to his exceptional performance.
Leeds United made a note of his growth and cashed in when the opportunity arrived. They spent a whopping £18 million in 2000 to make Ferdinand the then-most expensive defender. After a bumpy start at Elland Road, Ferdinand adapted to the process. He received the taste of early success by making it to the semi-final stage of the UEFA Champions League. He also scored a goal against Spain’s Deportivo La Coruña in the quarter-final. In the following season, he became the club captain. But, Leeds weren’t in a good financial state, and they had to sell their star defender in 2002 for £33.3 million to Manchester United.
After joining Manchester United in 2002, he became the most expensive British footballer in history and the world’s most expensive defender for a second time. In his first season with United, he became a Premier League champion.
But the road wasn’t easy for him in the next year. Due to a failure in making it to the drug test at United’s Carrington training ground, the English FA banned him for eight months and fined him £50,000. He missed most of the season due to the ban.
On 14 December 2005, Ferdinand scored his first goal for United against Wigan Athletic. The 2006/07 season went well for Ferdinand, and he won the 2006–07 PFA Premiership Team of the Season.
In 2008, captain Ferdinand led Manchester United to a Champions League Final victory versus Chelsea. Ferdinand suffered an injury-ridden 2009–10 season.
The last few years was pretty eventful with several extraordinary events. Ferdinand featured in 455 games and bagged eight goals and nine assists for United. After serving so many years and defending the club’s badge, he earned the stature of a Manchester United legend.
On 17 July 2014, Ferdinand signed with Queens Park Rangers. But his hopes were short-lived. After one year, he was released from the club. He eventually retired from football On 30 May 2015, 3 days after being released by QPR.
On 15 November 1997, At the age of 19, Ferdinand debuted for England in a friendly against Cameroon. He featured 81 times for England, and he scored three goals for the three lions. Ferdinand’s England career took some hits due to his off the field activities, like a drink driving charge belated his debut.
On 25 March 2008, Fabio Capello gave Ferdinand the chance to captain his country. Even though it was a short-lived post as John Terry became the permanent captain. All though in 2010, Ferdinand took over the captaincy from Terry.
Ferdinand’s national career wasn’t as glorious as his club career. Injuries, fitness issues and off the field activity made his England career short. In May 2013, he finally took retirement from international football.
Ferdinand grew up in Peckham. He was born on 7 November 1978 to Julian Ferdinand and Janice Lavender, and he had several brothers and sisters. Despite becoming a legendary player for Manchester United in the latter part of his career, he supported bitter rivals, Liverpool, in his childhood.
In 2009, Ferdinand married their girlfriend Rebecca Ellison. But she, unfortunately, succumbed to breast cancer in 2015. Ferdinand and Rebecca have three children named – Lorenz, Tate and Tia.
On 27 September 2019, Ferdinand married Kate Wright. On 18 December 2020, Ferdinand and Kate were blessed with a boy.
Ferdinand signed a sponsorship deal with Nike. He around £1 million in 2014 through sponsorship. He featured in Nike’s commercials. Ferdinand is active on Twitter and has a huge follower base on Twitter. Due to his influence on social media, Mars hired him to promote their Snickers bar via Twitter.
Experiencing a hard upbringing, Ferdinand set up the Rio Ferdinand Live the Dream Foundation in December 2009, which focuses on the growth of the underdeveloped children from backward communities seeking opportunities in sports and entertainment.
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Rio Ferdinand has an approximate net worth of around $75 Million.
Rio Ferdinand is British.
Rio Ferdinand has played for five clubs in his senior career – West Ham United (1995–2000), AFC Bournemouth (loan, 1996–1997), Leeds United (2000–2002), Manchester United (2002–2014), Queens Park Rangers (2014–2015).
Rio Ferdinand never has a won World Cup.
Rio Ferdinand earned $220,000-a-year at Manchester United.
Rio Ferdinand was married to Rebecca Ellison (2009-2015). He is currently married to Kate Ferdinand in 2019.
Rio Ferdinand has three children with his previous wife, Rebecca Ellison, namely, Lorenz, Tate, Tia, and one child with the current wife, Kate Wright, named Cree.
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