Born on November 7, 1978, Rio Ferdinand is a former English professional footballer who played as a centre back. He played 81 times for the England national team between 1997 and 2011, and was a member of three FIFA World Cup squads. Rio Ferdinand is regarded by many to be one of England's greatest ever players and he is one of the most decorated English footballers of all time.
In pic: Rio Ferdinand here, seems to be 'complaining' as his fiance Kate Write gets cosy with him on a chair. Ferdinand wrote, "Why's she on my chair though?!"
Rio Ferdinand was born at King's College Hospital in Camberwell but grew up in Peckham. Ferdinand is the son of an Irish mother, Janice Lavender, and a Saint Lucian father, Julian Ferdinand.
In pic: Rio Ferdinand's fiance Kate Wright posted this picture of the couple's vacation in the UAE. She captioned this picture with a simple 'Love' sign
Rio Ferdinand grew up in Peckham in a large family. Both parents worked to support the family, his mother as a child carer and his father as a tailor. His parents never married and they separated when he was 14 years old. His father remained close, moving to a nearby estate, and took the kids to football training and to local parks. Rio Ferdinand attended Camelot Primary School. At school, Rio Ferdinand focused on maths and revelled in the opportunity to perform before an audience during a school production of Bugsy Malone.
In pic: Rio Ferdinand posted this vacation picture with fiance Kate Wright from Dubai, on Easter. He captioned for his followers and friends, "HAPPY EASTER from us"
Rio Ferdinand's wife Rebecca Ellison, with whom he has three kids, lost her battle to cancer in 2015. Rio Ferdinand went into depression shortly after and in September 2017, Ferdinand announced his intention to become a professional boxer, partly to help him cope with the death of his wife.
In pic: Rio Ferdinand enjoys a yacht party on a sunny afternoon with fiance Kate Wright. He captioned, "Beautiful settings"
Rio Ferdinand found love again with model and reality TV star Kate Wright, and proposed to her in November 2018. Rio Ferdinand, proposed to the reality TV star, during a family holiday in Abu Dhabi recently and she accepted. Kate took to Instagram to make the announcement as she posted this a picture along with Rio and his three kids Lorenz, 11, Tate, nine, and Tia, seven.
In pic: Kate Wright gets comfortable on the lap of the captain of the ship! She captioned, "Hello captain"
Rio Ferdinand gets romantic with Kate Wright in the sand. He captioned, "Beach vibes with family and friends for my little mans birthday!!"
Rio Ferdinand and Kate Wright get some alone time, away from the kids, on a night out. Ferdinand wrote, "Lovely night just the two of us (for once) Get ere you!"
Rio Ferdinand shared this picture of a night out with Kate Wright captioned, "Little night out with this stunna #stunning"
Rio Ferdinand definitely knows how to add the love to his morning push-ups. He captioned this picture with Kate Wright on top of him as, "Morning workout with this loon!! #gym #gymcouples"
Rio Ferdinand and Kate Wright make hay while the kids were at school. Rio captioned, "Day date while the kiddies are at school! #pout on"
Rio Ferdinand posted an adorable message for fiance Kate Wright, which read, "Baaaaaack with this! Thank you for being this strong & wonderful woman you are while holding things together at home with the kids while I’ve been grafting. There would have been loads a smiles, laughs & tears between u all but already I can see the bond between you all is stronger. They are filled with happiness now, and a big part of thats down to your love and hard work you put into them everyday. [sic]"
Rio Ferdinand and Kate Wright enjoy a romantic dinner in Mykonos, Ferdinand wrote "#mykonos nights"
Rio Ferdinand posted this picture from Kate Wright's birthday celebrations, captioned, "Good day yesterday for this ones birthday. Catching me up. Stunning!! [sic]"
Rio Ferdinand shared this picture with Kate Wright at an event and wrote, "Well done today my love"
Rio Ferdinand and Kate Wright in this picture, look to have enjoyed master chef Nusret's delicacies. Ferdinand captioned, "Just landed back home & back to work! What a night @nusr_et what an atmosphere! Thanks for the show u put on for the boys. My bae looking stunning"
Rio Ferdinand shared this picture from a night out with Kate Wright. He wrote, "Cheeky night out with this one #Rosso"
Kate Wright posted this picture with Rio Ferdinand, with a beautiful message that read, "You to me are everything"
Rio Ferdinand looks dapper in a suit at an event with his gorgeous fiance Kate Wright. He wrote, "Wicked night at the BT ball, better late than never!! What a weekend"
Can't decide what is more stunning... the backdrop or Kate Wright? She captioned, "Paradise ...."
Rio Ferdinand shared this picture of his proposal to Kate Wright in Dubai, captioned, "She said yes How these 3 kids kept it a secret I’ll never know"
Former England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, whose wife Rebecca lost her battle to cancer in 2015, announced his engagement to model Kate Wright after being with her for two years. As Rio Ferdinand turns 40 today, we take a look at the couple's romance in pictures. (Pics/ Rio Ferdinand Instagram, Kate Wright Instagram)
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