Rio Ferdinand
Personal information
Full name Rio Gavin Ferdinand
Date of birth 7 November 1978 (1978-11-07) (age 42)
Place of birth    Denmark Hill, London, Flag of England England
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current club Flag of England Queens Park Rangers
Number 5
Youth clubs
1992–1996 Flag of England West Ham United
Senior clubs
Years Club App (Gls)
Flag of England West Ham United
Flag of EnglandBournemouth (loan)
Flag of England Leeds United
Flag of England Manchester United
Flag of England Queens Park Rangers
127 00(2)
010 00(0)
054 00(2)
312 00(7)
National team
Flag of England England U18
Flag of England England U21
Flag of England England
081 00(3)

Rio Gavin Ferdinand (born 7 November 1978) is an English professional footballer who plays for Queens Park Rangers. He plays as a centre-back. He played 81 times for the England national football team between 1997 and 2011, and has been a member of three FIFA World Cup squads.

Ferdinand began his football career playing for various youth teams, finally settling at West Ham United where he progressed through the youth ranks and made his professional Premier League debut in 1996. He became a fan favourite, winning the 'Hammer of the Year award' the following season. He earned his first senior international cap in a match against Cameroon in 1997, setting a record as the youngest defender to play for England at the time. His achievements and footballing potential attracted Leeds United and he transferred to the club for a record-breaking fee of £18 million. He spent two seasons at the club, becoming the team captain in 2001.

He joined Manchester United in July 2002 for around £30 million, breaking the transfer fee record once more. He won the Premier League, his first major club honour, in a successful first season at the club. In September 2003, he missed a drugs test and was banned from competition for eight months from January until September 2004, causing him to miss half a Premier League season, Manchester United's FA Cup triumph, and the Euro 2004 international competition. Upon his return, he established himself in the Manchester United first team and received plaudits for his performances, featuring in the PFA Team of the Year four times in five years. More club success followed with another Premier League win in the 2006–07 season and a Premier League and UEFA Champions League double the following year. His career at United, in which he won 6 Premier League titles, ended when his contract expired in 2014, and he subsequently joined Queens Park Rangers.

Ferdinand has three children, Lorenz, Tate and Tia, with his wife Rebecca Ellison. He was born into a footballing family: brother Anton Ferdinand is also a centre-back for Thai club Police United, and former England international striker Les Ferdinand and Peterborough United midfielder Kane Ferdinand are his cousins. Off the pitch he is involved with youth charities, film, music, and television including the prank series Rio's World Cup Wind-Ups.

External links

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Queens Park Rangers F.C. squad - 2020–21

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