Rio Ferdinand shares heartbreaking tribute after mother loses battle with cancer aged 58

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Rio Ferdinand took to Instagram to pay tribute to his ‘inspirational’ mum

Rio, 38, shared a lengthy message on Instagram dedicated to his “inspirational” mum, with him calling her “a little fighter with a huge heart”.

The former footballer posted, alongside an adorable photograph of the pair: “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.” 

Rio Ferdinand mum JaniceINSTAGRAM

Rio shared an adorable photograph of himself with his mum

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Rio called his mother ‘a little fighter with a huge heart’

You were a fighter, a little fighter but with a huge heart. And you wore that heart on your sleeve throughout

Rio Ferdinand pays tribute to mother Janice

Rio – who lost his wife Rebecca, 34, to the same disease just two years ago – continued: “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 you was in a stadium watching me play.

“I can just hear/see you now ‘what did you say, oh ok…that’s my son!’ You were fiery, you were protective, you was soft and hard faced when need be. You loved hard, you disciplined me, you were a grafter and you were my everything.

“I sit here now thinking the only negative I can think of is that you talked for too long on the phone!! You gave all of your life to make sure everything was ok for myself, my brothers, sister, your grandchildren & husband Peter (never mind the countless friends & family too).”

Rio Ferdinand wife Rebecca

Rio lost his wife Rebecca to cancer two years ago

He went on to share: “At my most difficult time, you were my shining light and made it your mission to be there for me & my kids…trust me that will never forgotten.

“From school runs to homework to making them smile, to starting horse riding lessons, they will always remember.

“You are the most selfless and giving person I have ever known which came from a genuine place of love. The way you have touched so many people’s hearts will live on and will be the way many will remember you mum.

“You were an inspirational person in so many ways, one day I will be able to tell you them all face to face. Love you mummy Rio x,” the sportsman signed off the emotional message.

Rio’s post comes after him and his family released a statement about their mother’s death last week, with them confirming that she had passed away with her four children and husband Peter by her side.

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