Rio Ferdinand’s family tragedy puts football into perspective

There was some really sad news this month when it was announced that Rio Ferdinand’s wife Rebecca died after a short battle with cancer.

There was some really sad news this month when it was announced that Rio Ferdinand’s wife Rebecca died after a short battle with cancer.

I don’t think anyone other than their close family even knew she was ill so the announcement that she had passed away came as a massive shock. She was only 34 years old and the couple have three young children – so you can imagine what a difficult time this is for all of them. Rio came through West Ham’s youth team and I’ve always followed his career since. Hammers fans have always had a special bond with their Academy graduates and I know many supporters have sent cards and flowers.

For me though this tragedy is a clear reminder that there are some things more important than football. Yes, West Ham’s results haven’t been good enough since Christmas but at the end of the day it is just a sport.

Of course we want the team to do well and get angry when results don’t go our way – but events like this serve as a reminder of what really matters in life. My thoughts are with Rio at the moment and I’m sure he and his family will get through this horrible time together and their family will come out stronger

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