Rio Ferdinand

Birth Name: Rio Gavin Ferdinand

Place of Birth: Lambeth, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 7 November, 1978

*African-Saint Lucian (father)
*Irish (mother)

Rio Ferdinand is a British professional footballer and television pundit.

Rio is the son of Janice (Lavender) and Julian Ferdinand. His father is of Saint Lucian descent. His mother is of Irish descent. Rio was married to Rebecca Ellison, until her death. The couple has three children.

A picture of Rio’s father can be seen here.

The majority of the population of Saint Lucia are descendants of African slaves, with a minority made up of people of mixed Indian, European, and African descent.

Rio’s brother, Anton Ferdinand, is a professional footballer. Rio is also a cousin of Les Ferdinand, who was capped 17 times by the England national team, and of Kane Ferdinand, who represented Ireland at the youth level.

Source: Family history of Rio Ferdinand –

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13 Responses

  1. Anita says:

    In other words, he is black & white.

  2. Me says:

    This dude is ugly

  3. rafa says:

    rooney is 100 % irish

    • ethnic says:

      I wonder if the Irish are mad that he reps England not Ireland?

      • Alice says:

        I’m sure the Irish would have loved him to represent Ireland but he was born in England so they have first dibs. The Irish team has a lot of English and Scottish born players but they all have Irish descent. Rio is a great player.

  4. Tassia says:

    Succinctly put, his dad is black his mom is white.

  5. Aali Harvey says:

    Rio Ferdinand father is St Lucian and Dominica (not Dominican Republic).
    Dominica is the island between Quadoloupe and Martinique and language is Creole like St Lucia.

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