Full name: Rio Gavin Ferdinand
Date of Birth: 7 November, 1978
Birth Place: Peckham, London, England
Playing position: Central Defence
Currently Plays for: England and Manchester United
Previous Clubs: West Ham United, Bournemouth and Leeds United FC
Career with West Ham United FC:
In 1996 Rio Ferdinand started his professional footballing career with West Ham United FC, made his debut playing against Sheffield Wednesday in a 1-1 draw. Ferdinand Won the West Ham United player of the year award in 1998.
Transfer to Leeds United FC:
In November of 2000, Rio Ferdinand moved to Leeds United. It was the most expensive transfer at that time in English football. Rio had a very short spell at Leeds before he completed his journey to Manchester United.
Career with Manchester United FC:
Manchester United signed Rio Ferdinand for a record Fee of around 30 million British pounds. Playing for Manchester United in the first season, the team won the 2002-2003 English Premier League title.
In 2003, Ferdinand missed to attend a drug test which sidelined him from playing for club and international matches. He missed the rest of that EPL Season and the Euro 2004.
In November of 1997, Rio Ferdinand made his debut for England playing against Cameroon.
Rio Ferdinand with his team