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Autobiography: sport, Prose: non-fiction

The biggest and most provocative sports book of 2007

Rio Ferdinand is widely acknowledged as one of the most talented and skilful defenders in the world. His transfer from West Ham to Leeds was a British record at the time, a feat he achieved again with his subsequent move to Manchester United. Ferdinand's success on the pitch has been meteoric; including high drama in the Champions League, three World Cups and a dramatic Premiership victory.

Here, for the very first time, Ferdinand reveals all about his infamous missed drugs test, the controversies surrounding both his transfers, his supposed reluctance to re-sign for United in 2005, the alleged tapping-up meeting with Chelsea's Peter Kenyon and various tabloid headlines involving partying and women.

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Praise for Rio

  • '...a very good read. The portrait he paints of life on the cusp of stardom is brilliant' - Paul Kimmage, Sunday Times

  • '...a sex, drugs and rock and roll account of his career' - Shoot

  • '...explosive... a fascinating life both on and off the pitch' - Sun

  • '...there is a fascination in the way he reveals the details of the modern celebrity footballer's lifestyle' - John Dillon Daily Express

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Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand is a former England footballer who also played football for Manchester United during Sir Alex Ferguson's time as manager. Rio played 81 times for England and in 3 World Cups, and is one of the most decorated footballers of all time.

He had his first son with Rebecca in 2006 and they married in 2009, going on to have two more children before her death in May 2015 from cancer.

Rio is now a TV football pundit for BT Sport and as well as his BBC documentary on bereavement, Being Mum and Dad, has made a short Heads Together charity film with Prince Harry on mental health. He is also working alongside Child Bereavement and Jigsaw.

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