Rio Ferdinand

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Rio Ferdinand in 2004

Rio Ferdinand (born November 7, 1978) is an English footballer of mixed St Lucian and Anglo-Irish descent. He plays at centre-back for Manchester United in the FA Premier League and at the international level for the England national football team.


  • Gary Neville is the club captain but has been injured for the best part of a year now - and Giggsy's taken on the mantlepiece.
    • Rio Ferdinand commenting on the Manchester United club captaincy.[[1]]
  • My name was out there in the public arena for people to make assumptions on why I missed a drugs test. That stigma is something that may never go away. I go out there and play for the fans and for my family and for myself and to have that taken away from me in such a way was disheartening and something that really did shock me. I'm man enough to admit that I did cry.
  • It was wicked meeting Nelson Mandela.
  • His temperament is always there to be questioned because he plays on the edge. That is just the way he plays.It is a cliche but if you took that edge away from Wayne he wouldn't be the same player and I would rather have the Wayne Rooney we have now.

  • It hit me like a thunderbolt!
    • Rio on how the drugs ban affected him[[4]]
  • Nobody wants to be associated with failing to qualify for the World Cup finals. I cannot imagine the shame of it.
    • Rio Ferdinand's insight on how it would feel, not qualifying for World Cup finals[[5]]
  • I set myself high standards on the pitch and know I have not always lived up to them this season
    • Rio Ferdinand on standards[[6]]]
  • Football is the most important thing in my life, but I do have a life outside football and this is one part. The TV, the music, the fashion - it all goes to make up Rio Ferdinand.
    • Rio Ferdinand on his TV Show, "Rio's World Cup Wind Ups" [[7]]

Rio on Racism Sourced[edit]

  • If you come out with racist comments, then I believe you shouldn’t be allowed to come to a football match. Don’t be so narrow minded, you’re bigger than that.

About Rio Ferdinand Sourced[edit]

  • I was disappointed it wasn't reported that I said Rio Ferdinand was the best defender in the world.

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