Rio Ferdinand has opened up to the public following the tragic death of his mum Janice, aged 58.
The former Manchester United player shared an emotional tribute to his ‘supermum’ on Instagram after she died from cancer on Thursday, two years afer his wife Rebecca did.
Ferdinand shared an image of him wearing his Utd tracksuit with Janice holding his Premier League winner’s medal.
You were an inspirational person in so many ways, one day I will be able to tell them all face to face.
Mummy. It won’t ever be enough but I just want to say thanks, a really big thank you.
The ability you had to make me feel loved at every moment in my life without even having to say it or be there by my side will never be forgotten.
You were a fighter, a little fighter but with a huge heart. And you wore that heart on your sleeve throughout.
All I ever wanted in life from as young as I can remember was to make you proud and I know I must of got somewhere near to doing that… because your chest was puffed out as big as anyone’s whenever my name was mentioned or when ou was in a stadium watching me play… I can just hear/see you know ‘what did you say, oh ok… that’s my son…’!!!
In 2015, Ferdinand lost his wife Rebecca to cancer. Earlier this year, he took part in a BBC documentary called Being Mum and Dad in which he revealed the pressures of bringing up his children as a single parent.