Football is one of the biggest sports around the globe today, and that is certainly true in the UK. Whether looking at the Premier League or at FIFA World Cup Soccer, there is little doubt that soccer has a fan base that few sports could possibly rival, and making it big in the football world is definitely a way to achieve global superstar status. With a total of 81 caps earned playing for England’s national football team, Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand is definitely a superstar in his own right.
Ferdinand’s football career started when he was a young boy, and he played for a number of teams in his childhood and teenage years before debuting in the Premier League in 1996 at the age of 18. He quickly became well-loved by fans of the league, and he went on to win both the Hammer of the Year award and his first senior international cap in his second season playing professionally. His career with West Ham United spanned from 1996 to 2000 before he caught the attention of Leeds United and was traded to the team for a then record-breaking eighteen million pounds. In 2002, he broke this same record yet again when he was transferred to Manchester United for a whopping thirty million pounds!
Ferdinand has seen a great deal of success as a footballer, with numerous championships and honors both as a Manchester United Player and as an individual. He has also had quite an exciting personal life, much of which was made public in his autobiography Rio: My Story, released in 2007. He has created his own record label in partnership with a lifelong friend and has also had a few projects in the film industry. Both on the pitch and off, Ferdinand has made quite a name for himself, and it is easy to see what makes him a superstar.