Rio Ferdinand


Six Premier League Titles, two League Cup wins, and five Community Shield victories, Rio Ferdinand is a football legend in his own right. Over the course of 12 prestigious years at Manchester United, Ferdinand has lifted some of the most sought-after trophies in club football and lived the dream of captaining his national team.

Showing early signs of being a promising young player, at eleven years old Ferdinand was scouted by top teams. With Charlton, Chelsea, Millwall, QPR, and Middlesborough keen to sign Ferdinand, he signed his first youth contract with West Ham in January 1994. Since this point, his career has gone from strength t0 strength.

In February of 1997, at the age of nineteen, Ferdinand became the youngest defender to play for England, when he came off of the bench to replace an injured Gareth Southgate in a two-nil win against Cameroon at Wembley. His international career blossomed from that point, and by retirement, Ferdinand had been capped 81 times for England. Named as the captain from 200, he led England in major competitions including the 2010 World Cup.

Most famously, Ferdinand played his club career at Manchester United. After winning his first Premier League title in his debut season at Old Trafford, Ferdinand went on to forge one of the best defensive partnerships in the world with fellow defender, Nemanja Vidic. After securing consecutive league titles between 2006/09, along with a historic Champions League win in 2008, Manchester United were seen as the dominant force in British football.

Highly regarded as one of England’s greatest ever players, Ferdinand was the recipient of much recognition throughout his career. Six times winner of the PFA Premier League Team of the Year, he was indited into English Football Hall of Fame in 2016. He was also awarded the Premier League Player of the Month in 2001, ESM Team of the Year in 2008, as well as a collection of Man of the Match trophies.

Since retirement, Rio Ferdinand has pursued a number of his other passions including television, punditry, charity work and after dinner speaking. As a speaker, he is honest, engaging and knowledgable, providing a great evening for all audiences.

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Topics Rio is known for covering include:

  • International Football
  • Professional Sports
  • Reaching Peak Performance
  • Charity Work
  • Media Broadcasting
  • Drive & Determination