Comments for en-gb 30 Mon 29 Dec 2014 08:28:49 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at U13967209 wow~wow~God bless you Mon 18 May 2009 13:38:28 GMT+1 mosescruise Am a Nigerian and a proud one.. Micheal Jackson, Jay Z, Beyonce all given titles guess will soon give Walcott, Rapheal da silva and Djourou titles too.. what a disgrace.. Sat 09 May 2009 09:31:33 GMT+1 mosescruise anyway pray am in govt all this shit gonna stop.. LONG LIVE NIGERIA AND NIGERIANS Sat 09 May 2009 08:53:54 GMT+1 ThomThomTiger I have to admit, much as a nice guy he comes across in this article, the guy is still in idiot, for so many reasons. Tue 28 Apr 2009 10:53:31 GMT+1 call_me_Sir Best centre-half in Europe? Its gotta be Tight-arse Bramble. I hear he's going to be hosting his own cookery show on UK Food, featuring the ever-reliable former Newcastle 'hero' cooking his own brand of meat-substituted pies, whilst interviewing a whole host of Z-rated celebrities, including ex-Big Brother contestants and BBC Sport bloggers. Now I'd watch that.Actually, what's Rio's website again...? Mon 27 Apr 2009 22:28:12 GMT+1 9jajuleswinfield Nigeria could be on the other side of the world from England tho its just 6 hours by air, Nigeria's govt does not oppress its people, it just doesn't care about them.The English are too hard to please, Rio's not perfect, give him a break, He's a Lagos chief, he could have some of you thrown in a Lagos jail, how would get your pizza then??? Mon 27 Apr 2009 14:39:05 GMT+1 Dwaine Benzie Rio seems like a genuinely nice fella, who enjoys spending his free time perusing his interests and passions. All these bitter WUMs who are ridiculing him should take a look at themselves – nothing better to do than take cheap shots at someone who is willing to put himself out there. Sad cases. Rio – a legend. Mon 27 Apr 2009 11:34:44 GMT+1 Reddeviltunde sirCantona_legend.(See #75)Sorry to be the small man; but grammer has never been a word aswell(sic) Sun 26 Apr 2009 13:46:39 GMT+1 CypriotJohn This post has been Removed Sun 26 Apr 2009 12:51:37 GMT+1 Skill_7 What a wisdom"How fortunate we are to be in the position, when you go abroad and see the way people live on the other side of the world"Thanks God Sun 26 Apr 2009 05:51:56 GMT+1 Sean 'It's noticeable that Ashley spends the whole evening surrounded by male friends, just in case someone is lurking with one of those pesky camera phones.'... *snigger*. Ashley and his mobile phones! Sat 25 Apr 2009 19:35:23 GMT+1 kellsborojack This post has been Removed Sat 25 Apr 2009 18:48:54 GMT+1 SadCreweFan I have to agree with Rio about it being annoying when a pizza is delivered with the wrong topping.My usual response is to hurl it at Sir Alex Fergusson.LoveCesc Sat 25 Apr 2009 18:44:45 GMT+1 Villan what a man!!!!............great bloke is michael jackson :P Sat 25 Apr 2009 16:37:22 GMT+1 zatknight Its not about hating man utd, many sad,deluded bigots on here just hate Rio. How can you hate someone you have never spent time with, he missed a drug test, big deal ( checked with my cousin who is a barrister that handles sports related cases ).Its not a criminal offence within English law. I will have more respect for people who missed drug tests than night club bullies like Gerrard and England Captain John Terry. But I look at these guys and whilst the latter two are not my favorite players, I respect thier talent and if they have committed any misdemenours. My belief is once you have done your time, its over a new beginning.Also what gives you so called terrace fans the right to wish and dictate that a footballer or any person can not aspire to do as many or completely different things. Its no wonder foreigners like coming to Britain. The average British man and woman lacks ambition and are happy to do the same thing for 25-30 years and resents people who work hard and take risks in looking to better their lives, the credit crunch in your country should serve as a warning that you. Rio is rich and famous due to his own hardwork and self belief and NOT BY FANS as someone stated earlier who I can only assume had one too many. The BBC has the right to publish what they deem might interest people. So to the snipers next time stay away, because it defintely looks like Rio has got under your skins. Get over your hatred for him and you will find you have peace. P.S. I am an Arsenal so whilst I admire Rio as a person and footballer, I hope he has a stinker against us in the CL semi final. Sat 25 Apr 2009 13:55:52 GMT+1 Bebe Face Sir JamieI am utd obsessed - that is true lol. But not in a bad way!fair enough mate. you make a good point. It would be nice to hear from the likes of players from Stockport or macclesfield on their lives as i feel more of us on here could relate to that. Sat 25 Apr 2009 13:21:41 GMT+1 welshdevil90 sneakyprice07:spot on! why are many people criticising Rio? He's doing things for charity, down to earth and is honest!! and poeple are putting him down? Should he apologise for using his fame to help others? or stop completely? the pizza quote: so what, it shows hes human. im guessing many snipers on here just hate man utd, cant think why else anyone would have a go at him for trying to help... Sat 25 Apr 2009 13:03:15 GMT+1 Sir Jamie of Carragher, OBE, MBE, LFC Scholesy etc. You're missing the point. Do we really need another interview with Rio Ferdinand? No. Do we need to know the interview took place in private members bar with champagne flowing? No. Do we need to know Ferdinand has launched his own celebrity studded magazine? No. Do we need to know that Michael Jackson called him? Who cares. Really, who actually cares. Celebrity obsessed BBC journalists obviously. I'd have the same opinion if it were Gerrard, Terry, Rooney, Cole in this interview.As I said, there are over 600 professionals in the premiership and they don't all play for Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea or Arsenal. It would be nice if at this stage of the season, instead of having an interview with someone who is in the papers and on sky sports news everyday, that someone less obvious was interviewed. And yes, a player from West Ham or Fulham would have been much better and much more interesting than this. But you seem to be Utd obsessed and think that any criticism of this article is aimed at Utd. How conceited and narrow minded. Its not, its aimed at lazy journalism which is what this article is. Sat 25 Apr 2009 13:01:08 GMT+1 Bebe Face I know the world doesn't revolve around united, just as it doesn't revolve around Liverpool either.It just amuses me that liverpool fans are using this as a cheap point scoring exercise against united as per usual. If it was Stevie G doing this then the liverpool fans would think it was the best thing since sliced bread.I know rio aint the brightest, the bloke even stated that ryan giggs had "stepped up and taken the mantle piece" when appointed United captain. That in itself should have meant he was never allowed near the media again!As for missing the drug test, yeah its bad, but he got a ban - which is much more than footballers get for kicking the daylights outta of people in bars and on the streets - which in my book is a worse crime!I know carragher does a lot for liverpool as a city, i know liverpool season ticket holders who tell me this. But people like Scholes also do a lot of charity work for manchester but like to keep it quiet as is his way.I just can't help feel that if this way someone like a fulham or west ham player doing it then the lfc fans wouldn't even commented. Sat 25 Apr 2009 12:23:41 GMT+1 UnitedRoad83 Rio has been fantastic this season, possibly his best season in a United shirt (or any shirt). Vidic has got alot of praise, but Ferdinand is the talker and along with Neville they guide the players around them. Hopefully we'll get a few more years of this sort of quality out of him. Keep it up Rio! Top class. Sat 25 Apr 2009 12:20:36 GMT+1 Sir Jamie of Carragher, OBE, MBE, LFC Scholesy - gets up etc. Two things:One. I didn't recommend anyone specific for an interview, just one of the 600 players who doesn't get the media attention that Ferdinand does. LIke I said, he gets enough attention, he doesn't need anymore. Especially when the interview is as dull as this one. As one of my many Man Utd supporting friends said to me about Ferdinand, he epitomizes everything that is wrong about football today and he is definitely not a role model. And as far as Jamie Carragher is concerned, he doesn't need to bang on about his good work for charidee or produce some completely banal and uninteresting on line magazine that means absolutely nothing to the people that put him in the position he is now, i.e. the fans. All LIverpool fans know what he does for his club, fans and his city. And its a hell of a lot more than Ferdinand. Gerrard is dull as well, woooo hoooo. Tell me news not history.Two. I never mentioned his missed drug test, but now that you do, here's my opinion. He should have got hammered a hell lot a more than he did in the same way other professional athletes have for the same. If a city player missed a test he should get the same treatment, as should all footballers, including Jamie Carragher. Thats assuming he is as thick as ferdinand and would actually miss a mandatory drugs test.Open your eyes son. The world doesn't revolve around Utd. Sat 25 Apr 2009 12:08:24 GMT+1 unclejnr Footballer, humanitarian, rapper, comedian. There is nothing this guy can't do! But there's still work to do Rio. We still need to de-grease poor Ronaldo, Rooney still has to live with that face, and Gary Neville, well. So spare a thought for those less fortunate than yourself.Well done Snoop. Sorry, Rio. Sat 25 Apr 2009 12:00:40 GMT+1 Geoff83 What a load of complete nonsense. Comparing the predicament of those in Africa to ordering a pizza is insulting and this 'working class hero' rubbish he peddles is insufferable. This article only goes to show how vacuous Ferdinand really is and the insipid world the modern footballer inhabits. I do however sympathise with the Rio's point about his family- the media and fans should show more respect when they see a player not seeking attention and trying to spend time with their children. When the likes of Cashley Cole are falling out of nightclubs and vomiting on hairdressers mid-coitus they deserve everything they get. England Captain? You must be joking Sat 25 Apr 2009 11:48:51 GMT+1 Adam Rio is the football world's Bono. Sat 25 Apr 2009 11:47:58 GMT+1 Menapian This post has been Removed Sat 25 Apr 2009 11:45:03 GMT+1 kencharman The only thing noteworthy about Rio is his ability at football. His intellect and insights are at or below average. Why do we listen to celebrities... It is not good for them - they end up with a deluded view of themselves - and is even worse for society because impressionable people follow the views of half-wits. Best of luck to Rio, he has done very well for himself as a footballer - but he shouldn't be wasting column space on any other subject. Sat 25 Apr 2009 11:40:34 GMT+1 Bebe Face we could listen to carra talk through his nose? takers? Sat 25 Apr 2009 11:15:47 GMT+1 Bebe Face Sir Jamie of Carragher, OBE, MBE, LFC maybe they could interview carra and listen to that famous scouse humour as he yet again speaks through his nose instead of his mouth! Or maybe mr cliche gerrard, possibly the most boring man ever to sit on a panel of football pundits! His face on monday night was a picture. Wouldn't have missed that for the world!!He missed a drug test, so did a man city player, yet that was never brought up again...funny that. Lets get over it! Sat 25 Apr 2009 11:14:13 GMT+1 Mr Red two points.Rio's "Private Life" is sent out on a website for everyone to read about.secondly, a few weeks ago didn't he say Prem players have a "normal life" but then he gets a call from Michael Jackson........hang on, Bono just called me to ask what time he should come round for the roast tomorrow. Sat 25 Apr 2009 11:08:56 GMT+1 wherewhywhen-com Funny how some people can't let anything go, he missed a drugs test, big deal, everyone messes up once or twice in there life, sure you have too, only difference is he is in the spotlight and you aren’t, so it makes a great story to slap it all over the media and then even when it's all been acquitted some still refuse to ever let it go. Actually same thing for loads of players, Chelsea sacking Mutu for his drug taking, where was the counselling and help that a regular person on the street could get? Juventus were quick to snap him up and rehabilitate him and give him a chance. Fair play to Ferdinand for all his charity work, as for the interviewing of Michael Jackson, The Royals etc would rather have a professional like Martin Bashir do this. Stick to what you are good at, playing football. Sat 25 Apr 2009 10:58:32 GMT+1 CypriotJohn Private life indeed.....What I and lots of other true fans of the beautiful game would like to hear coming from the mouth of Ferdinand is the real answer to the question "Why did you miss that drugs test"??Most of us know why, but will he reveal all while he is still playing, or will it be featured for sales purposes in his biography when he hangs his boots up?Great role model for youg kids wanting to play the game eh Rio? Personally I would have given him a lifetime ban. Sat 25 Apr 2009 09:27:13 GMT+1 tcfootiefiend Interesting article as Rio's private life is not often reported.My only hope is he has it all under control and he continues to put the effort in to keep at his best for many years. Two more world cups might be too much to ask but England will miss him more than ManU - there is no English centrehalf with anything like the talent of Jonny Evans coming through. Sat 25 Apr 2009 08:44:17 GMT+1 redandblackT-Save 606 I wonder if Rio will play a prank on Michael Jackson?Something about a new nose.By the way Rio if you're looking for oppressed Africans to help out why not try a war torn region like Darfur or Sierra Leone and not a relatively safe region like Nigeria which is awash with oil money and a state(Lagos)who has a Man United mad governor.coincidence?I dont think so! Sat 25 Apr 2009 08:20:55 GMT+1 merrymarco I'm afraid I didn't see this soft side of rio when I took my two young boys to the training ground in the hope they could get his autograph. No crowds there to blame just a couple of kids that he would have seen as he raced passed in his 4x4. Every time I have taken the boys ronaldo has stopped for photos as do the other foreign boys such as evra and berbatov but alas rio, scholes and Rooney appear to have forgotten what it was like to be a young boy desperate for an autograph from his hero. Sat 25 Apr 2009 08:16:25 GMT+1 dhenry sorry but this a just a typical sycophantic article about a footballer who had such arrogance to miss 3 tests and has ready access to people because of his wealth and who appears to say the right things.He appears to be on rebuilding of his reputation phase-I'm with posts 117 and 118 Sat 25 Apr 2009 08:05:44 GMT+1 Sir Jamie of Carragher, OBE, MBE, LFC There are around 600 professional footballers in the premiership yet you chose Rio Ferdinand for an "insightful" interview about how footballers don't fit the stereotype given to them? Couldn't you find or think of anyone more interesting to interview? Ferdinand gets enough media coverage as it is, he doesn't need anymore especially as he now has his own media outlet through his in now way stereotypical "celebrity studded online magazine dedicated to his Man Utd shirt number 'Five'". Can't wait to read those articles about "Fiddy" and "Jacko". Try someone a little less obvious and a little less dull next time. Sat 25 Apr 2009 07:59:10 GMT+1 zatknight Typical sour grapes attitudes from typical wretched fans. Looking forward to Rio's magazine. He was an absolute hit in Nigeria. For all the twisted and bitter comments on hear. Rio is set for life and laughing all the way to the bank. It never ceases to amuse me the COLLECTIVE STUPIDITY of most English fans. The begrudge world class players like Rio and others yet keep going to football matches and they come out with imbecilic statements like "oh we pay his wages". I bet most posters on here failed miserably to make it as footballers and have never gotten over it :) Where as King Rio just has to turn up and perform. Great blog Chris. Sat 25 Apr 2009 05:52:10 GMT+1 eskisean Am i the only one who feels his homegrown 11 is incredibly biased? considering 7 of the 11 are manchester united players. and the likes of roy keane are picked before steven gerrard. Sat 25 Apr 2009 00:38:29 GMT+1 Crumbs Slating footballers for doing charity work? Who cares if it is "fake" as you all say, at least they are in the position to do it.Are we really so eager to think that because someone in the position of a modern day footballer, lawyer, banker etc... decides to help others who are less fortunate than them that they are taking a liberty? I don't understand this concept. If they have the money, and want to do it, why on earth would you question that?Any charity work is better than no charity work, so it's disgusting that you'd incinuate it's not. Sat 25 Apr 2009 00:24:06 GMT+1 Crumbs 39. At 3:00pm on 24 Apr 2009, Danshevik wrote:Oh dear. The real reason why he wants to interview Ginge and Winge is because they are white, (michael jackson doesnt count) even you comment on 2 players that are at the bash as being the two Cole's, id imagine reocoker and the other Ferdinand being there as well. I see a posse to rival Dr Dre's gang coming up, celebrity deathmatch methinks?His effort at sounding like an Average Joe is commendable, but how many people can afford to fly to the 'other side of the world (!)' to Nigeria?Maybe he should go to countries where the people are people oppressed and terrorised, like Sudan, Iraq and America.Obama And Ferdinand at a G8 summit, i can just see it now...------------What a truly ridiculous comment to make. Not only are you making what could be seen as racist remarks, you're also incinuating that Nigeria isn't a country that oppresses and terrorises it's people. What a truly remarkable thing to say. To think Nigeria is a delightful place for children to grow up in, and that it is a country of equal opportunity and prosperity is just absurd.I think it's time people stopped judging footballer by their on pitch behaviour, as time and time again they prove us wrong by how they act off it. Take Craig Bellamy for instance. One could be forgiven for thinking he took the job at Man City not only to try and win more medals and honours, but to help fund his football academy schemes in under-priveleged countries around the world. And as for Rio, I feel a bit ashamed to say that I am rather surprised at this other side to him. It's far too easy to go by on-pitch behaviour, and it's seemingly impossible to see a person behind these egotistical football players, so maybe it's time we agree that what you see isn't always what you get.Very good read, and Rio really does come across as a top chap. Sat 25 Apr 2009 00:21:19 GMT+1 thefrogstar ...and I missed out the "f" from "If Rio..."Happens to all of us. Fri 24 Apr 2009 23:54:08 GMT+1 thefrogstar Well Chris,I Rio really did use the word "derogatory" without any prompting, then I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. Fri 24 Apr 2009 23:33:55 GMT+1 TrotterUSA If he really wants to be successful, it might be best when Jacko calls to let it go to voice mail. There's a real "roll" model. Fri 24 Apr 2009 22:05:01 GMT+1 The_Toonster You must be taking the mick... Rio Ferdinand as a journalist? Are the BBC desperate? Seriously guys, you can do better.Be a sport Chris and don't interview this muppet again. Cheers. Fri 24 Apr 2009 20:39:28 GMT+1 Raccers The most biased team pick ever. Wayne Rooney as one of Englands front 2. That mug needs to shut up. He isnt fit to lick Shearers boots yet Fri 24 Apr 2009 20:34:21 GMT+1 11_Giggsy_11_dont_save_606 Hatred/wind ups/dislike comes in many different forms...some sly or wrapped up like a xmas present with a little bow on top to make it look well thought out but at the end of the day, just another form of hatred/dislike. One or two fine examples on here ;) Fri 24 Apr 2009 20:12:34 GMT+1 Gangsta Agger post #4 and #73 just about killed it! Fri 24 Apr 2009 20:11:27 GMT+1 JuventiniGatesy Chris Charles my only problem with this thread is that you refereed to Michael Jackson as the 'Prince of Pop'. Prince of Pop? No chance.He is the King of Pop. Prince of Pop doesn't do him justice. Fri 24 Apr 2009 20:09:03 GMT+1 Chris Charles 123/125: Evening Prof. Crikey that first comment is more like a dissertation! You sound like an interesting chap and make some good points. I agree, when footballers are flashing their wads around for all to see it is rather unseemly. I've heard tales in the past of players throwing £20 notes around bars to demonstrate their opulence. I only wish I had been in them at the time.In Ferdinand's defence, he acknowledges the vast quantities footballers get paid these days helps to alienate them from the general public, particuarly in the current climate. But should all footballers keep their head down like Paul Scholes and never speak to the press or be spotted going out for a drink? It's when they rub people's noses in it that the trouble starts.As for the article itself, I'm frankly astounded that people think I'm cosying up to Rio and letting him dictate what I write. He didn't volunteer any information, merely replied to questions that I asked him. It was originally going to be a piece about United's title run-in, but once the Michael Jackson thing fell into my lap, there was only one angle to go on.Good idea about Gavin Strachan interviewing a fellow-footballer, maybe that's something we could look into. But in all honesty, I set up this interview and wanted to follow it through. It's been interesting posting a serious piece for once, though, and reading all the stick - I only generally come in for a gentle ribbing on Review of the Week! Fri 24 Apr 2009 19:43:17 GMT+1 Spaced Invader Fantastic player, possibly the most talented defender to ever play for United. Was a huge delight to be in Moscos seeing Rio lift the CL trophy with Giggs. Like most footballers he suffers because of the jealousy many have of their lifestyles, but it strikes me that Rio puts a lot more back into helping others than 90% of people in any career. Fri 24 Apr 2009 19:39:36 GMT+1 ProfStriker #127: I see your point, good man. I was just having a go at Rooney's comments about hating Liverpool. I'm an Arsenal fan through and through. Let's hope the Gunners give Man U a good thrashing in the CL. Fri 24 Apr 2009 19:37:22 GMT+1 ProfStriker #126: For someone who is apparently so fond of England as to capitalise the word "ENGLISH" (see your final sentence), your command of the eponymous language--that is, English--is poor. There is nothing wrong with English people criticising English people. Actually, our taxes in a variety of ways fund open dialogue, and our taxes subsidise the tax-exemptions of charities (like Rio's). Finally, I think you missed the point about Post #4: many of us thought it was the best post because, whilst attempting to correct a previous post's spelling errors, Post #4 made a hilarious string of his or her own spelling errors. Now that I have parsed the joke for you, however, the joke loses, as a parsed joke is wont to do, its humour. Perhaps you ought to press the "Preview" button, to the left of "Post Comment", before you post your dissent-silencing comment. And, yes, Post #4 was very funny. We have a new Kingsley Amis, what? Fri 24 Apr 2009 19:34:35 GMT+1 kahoopla I just used "hater", from all the previous comments, quite obviously if you are a Liverpool fan, you are a Man U hater (apparently). And similarly if you disagree or dislike anything Man U, you must be a hater. It can't have anything to do with just differing opinions. For instance, the diatribe ferguson came out with about Benitez over the big sam affair. Obviously disagreeing with his drivel, and being liverpool fan makes me a hater, even tho most of the non-liverpool supporters views agreed with me. Fri 24 Apr 2009 19:26:18 GMT+1 ManUtd Till I Die Oh why does people hate such a successful young lad in the name of RIO FEDINAND? It's a shame that he's being hated by his own country people[ENGLAND], he has really done a lot of great jobs for ENGLAND right from inn and out of the football pitch.It's simply a disgrace and shame to you English people who are wishing him bad or jealousing his future ambition outside football.Rio is a Hero.Post 4, is not interesting rather, i consider Post 34 as the best and every ENGLISH person should be proud and support RIO atleast for his act of charity and good will. Fri 24 Apr 2009 19:20:40 GMT+1 ProfStriker #124: We were simultaneously under moderation. I similarly dislike Man U, but your word--'hater'--is a touch too strong, no? Have you been spending your evening reading Rooney's (forthcoming) editorial project, "Merseyside A-Z"? Chris' blog makes me wonder: Wouldn't the interview with Rio have been infinitely more interesting if BBC had asked Gavin Strachan to talk to Rio? One excellent-footballer-cum-poor-journalist (Rio Ferdinand) speaking with one decent-footballer-cum-promising-journalist (Gavin Strachan)--now that would have been more inquiring than what seems to be an unbiased adulation of Rio. Chris, did you--now be honest--chuckle when you quoted Rio's comments about pizza and about cameras which contain, against all odds and expectations, cameras? Chris--your thoughts? Gavin--are you allowed to comment? Fri 24 Apr 2009 19:09:54 GMT+1 kahoopla #123 That's what I said.... Fri 24 Apr 2009 18:48:40 GMT+1 ProfStriker In defense of Rio, and to provide an inverse corollary: I'm a Professor of Classics and also contribute occasional journalistic pieces on literature, music, and (yes) football to a variety of newspapers and magazines. I once had a (not too successful) spell as a reserve-team striker. My chances of making the first team looked bleak, and I had a Ph.D. in hand, so I called it quits. When I am invited to lecture at a city where there happens to be a football team I admire, I pay the grounds a visit, and my standing as a professor is sometimes sufficient to say, see the stadium when it is closed, and/or even to meet some players. Last June, at Edinburgh, I visited Hearts at their training ground. Far from being aloof, the players actually talked about academia with me: several of them expressed concerns about their post-football futures; several actually asked how to 'learn how to write' and how to 'apply to universities'. Now, that, to my ears, showed great humility. Clearly, many footballers--perhaps not those of Rio's stature--are concerned with what they can do after they retire, and many of those players (like Gavan Strachan) pursue mid- to late-career goals in the same way that you or I would. There are people in other walks of life--politics, media, academia, wine-auctioning, yacht-building, baby-sitting--who might have certain degrees of social and professional access into other fields of work and areas of interest, entertainment, sport, etc. Why should football players be denied that access? Am I out of line if I show up at a football event, or even contribute a journalistic piece to the sports pages of a given newspaper, because I am 'using' my credentials as a professor as a means of access? I don't think so. If you work hard to obtain something, you sometimes can also obtain (through work, to be sure) certain corollary benefits--and corollary criticism. Rio is not wrong to start a magazine--but indeed, if he writes nonsense, then he is open to the same criticism as he would be if he were a professional journalist, precisely because he has chosen to engage in 'professional' journalism. I grasp the word 'professional' in the tweezer-grip of inverted commas because, as some comments have asserted, Gavin Strachan is, to my mind, doing things the right way by having the humility to learn how to be a journalist. We are right to criticise--even to laugh at--Rio's comments because he has decided to commit his words to a journalistic medium. Similarly, if I were to say, "I'm a professor, but boy do I love football! Rio, can kick the ball around with you and have my shenanigans publicised by the BBC?", doubtless I would trip over my own left-foot, pull my groin in the process, and ultimately fall on my backside and make a fool of myself--and every viewer would have every right to laugh at me. My students, whose tuition largely pays my salary, would have every right to criticise--publically--my extra-curricular short-comings. So, I think that Rio is perfectly entitled to do what he wants with his social access, his financial access, and the access which his fame affords him. Similarly, we have every right to laugh at him and/or (constructively, at best) to criticise him for his verbal shortcomings. If Rio is reading, I'd suggest that he stick to charity work. If Rio wants to continue to work on his magazine, I would urge him to donate the profits to charitable organisations. If his magazine makes money which is then dispersed to his self-selected (I would imagine) 'journalists', it seems slightly unpalatable to me for Rio to have a footballer's salary and a journalist's or publisher's salary. And a note on the paparazzi: they, like Rio, are simply trying to do a job. Is it annoying? Certainly. But it is also annoying when a given player is as petulant on the pitch as he is off the pitch. There's no harm in driving a subtle car, and no harm in staying at home. The attitude of most famous footballers--which can be summarised as "I want to be famous and I want you to look at me and I want you to talk to me, but don't look too hard and don't talk too much, because you might cross my arbitrary threshold of tolerance and annoy me to the point of verbal and/or outright physical abuse"--is an attitude of, as the saying goes, having your cake and eating it too. Fri 24 Apr 2009 18:38:17 GMT+1 kahoopla #61 Not sure I'd agree with you there, but that was hysterical!!Have to admit to being a Man U hater here, and having an avid dislike of Rio as a footballer, but fair dues to the guy, he could sit back and do nothing, have no interest in charity or doing anything after his playing days. He has the opportunity to help people with his charity work, and do something else with his life, and he does, yea it may be easy for him to do this stuff, but its easier still to not bother. Don't give a hoot about his upbringing tho, we all had it tough! Fri 24 Apr 2009 18:37:09 GMT+1 snoopy lol at ferdinand, all footballers are overpaid chavs Fri 24 Apr 2009 18:26:55 GMT+1 BrenPool This post has been Removed Fri 24 Apr 2009 18:26:39 GMT+1 jonesstrikesback Yes, its the other side to Rio alright... I just hope someone told him most start up online mags, or in print go out of business in the first five years... I suppose his wages can float the mag and run it at a loss to get tax breaks elsewhere, Its what my old boss used to do! incidently I wonder if that's why he called it five... nothing to do with his number... Rio ferdinands C.V now reads, Internationally respected footballer, Philanthropist and editor at large. not a bad life if you can get it for knocking a ball about! So long as he keeps up his commitments outside of football - i wont complain about him, forgetful or not he's a class center half and one I thoroughly enjoy watching. not sure I can be bothered to read about Wacko Jacko though... All coming from a Chel... im going senile... Fri 24 Apr 2009 18:04:35 GMT+1 CISSEATION Who cares. Fri 24 Apr 2009 17:36:10 GMT+1 ACTwerton Yeah, he seems like an OK guy. So flippin what?My mum's been a nurse for 50 odd years, where's her fawning sycophantic blogshrine? Fri 24 Apr 2009 17:27:52 GMT+1 Abs_manutd The funny thing is people read the whole article and decided wait let me have a go at rio for doing something which in no way effects me but makes me slightly jealous. Yes they get millions a year and yes rio has made mistakes but hes only trying to reach to people in different ways. If you dont like the intreview or the person then dont read it and dont post stupid comments about it. I was going through the magazine and it dont seem to bad actully. Rio is a great footballer and like it or not he wants to try things outside football!! Fri 24 Apr 2009 17:16:23 GMT+1 Paul i do like post #112 - telling everyone here to 'grow up' when criticising a 30 year old that makes gun films and prank television shows. Fri 24 Apr 2009 17:09:10 GMT+1 Always United Save 606 Rio's a very down to earth character and an absolutely brilliant centre back, the best in europe by some distance. Fri 24 Apr 2009 17:09:01 GMT+1 EL_NANDO Post #4 Fri 24 Apr 2009 17:08:33 GMT+1 U-Knighted-Ed I'm staggered at the cynicism in the posts here. Give the guy a break for crying out loud!He seems like a genuine guy and despite his 'mis-steps' when he was younger he shouldn't be judged just for that, he is a great player now and has matured into an influential and important ambassador for the sport. We should give him our support, not damn him with back handed comments and pathetic snide remarks. Grow up. Fri 24 Apr 2009 17:03:17 GMT+1 Paul although i agree in part with NYCfootballfan, that there is nothing paticularly wrong with this article, the complaints are more a reflection of football fans being tired of footballers continual hypocrisy and general arrogance. remember ferdinand is a man that actively works with anti-gun campaigns and then co-produces a gangster film! And also complains of media attention and then name drops michael jackson and presents his own prank tv show. Fri 24 Apr 2009 16:55:23 GMT+1 NYCfootballfan "And the princes - well apart from the monarchy being a totally cool worthwhile idea in 2009 I am sure their underservedly priviliged background in the aristocracy running around shooting small animals will give them some amazing insights into our world."I stand corrected! Fri 24 Apr 2009 16:51:21 GMT+1 lukasson RE: #104 I don't think you know me well enough to make that assumption. I may well be a master fridge engineer... Fri 24 Apr 2009 16:44:38 GMT+1 dribbles_ Another celebrity magazine - exactly what the world needs. I really have no idea where to track down enough photos or salicious goss about our social betters! Thank goodness for this! But also one that shows they are not just fame hungry mercenaries and have 'softer' sides. And the princes - well apart from the monarchy being a totally cool worthwhile idea in 2009 I am sure their underservedly priviliged background in the aristocracy running around shooting small animals will give them some amazing insights into our world. Famous people are just so amazing.... sigh.... Welcome to the machine...... Fri 24 Apr 2009 16:35:52 GMT+1 Malicious_Whistle 101. At 5:14pm on 24 Apr 2009, ak47dgunner wrote: King Rio is a titled man in Nigeria ...........................................Err, a Chief, not a King. Sure you are Nigerian? Fri 24 Apr 2009 16:34:12 GMT+1 NYCfootballfan Wow.... Football fans will sometimes find any reason at all to be nasty and bitter. How anyone can find a reason to spew venom of this article is both astounding and very sad. Fri 24 Apr 2009 16:32:10 GMT+1 Chris Charles 89. TommyOnion: Gotta admit - that was quite funny! Is that youor real name? Fri 24 Apr 2009 16:27:37 GMT+1 lightother1 re; 98 I think the fridge light not working, would make your mind boggle! Fri 24 Apr 2009 16:27:00 GMT+1 West London Blues Outrageous. Did the blogger not like my comments about rio? Where the moderators offended that i criticised the blogger? This is as pathetic as the football player in question. Fri 24 Apr 2009 16:21:13 GMT+1 Foppotee This post has been Removed Fri 24 Apr 2009 16:16:00 GMT+1 ak47dgunner King Rio is a titled man in Nigeria (my country)!Nice job,my only issue wth Rio: the drug scam&whenever he plays against Arsenal.other than that Rio's a perfect gentleman who's got a nurtured approach to life and football.I once read about him having a boring life watching TV,unlike others who'll appear on pages on soft-sell magz. Rio,kudos but hey watch it when u play against Arsenal in UEFA CL and the return leg of the! Fri 24 Apr 2009 16:14:56 GMT+1 Rabster Footballer says "It puts everything into perspective." (Sitting in a "swish" London club) having accepted a phone call from Michael Jackson.Your finest moment Chris, please go out on a high. (a la Jim Magilton) Fri 24 Apr 2009 16:14:52 GMT+1 rioconvert The snide remarks posted about Rio's pizza comments overlook what seems to me to be a telling phrase in the interview. This is where Rio mentions "getting the wrong pizza delivered". Clearly Rio has endured this traumatic and harrowing experience recently but yet he does not make a meal (no pun intended of course) of this or ask for any sympathy. This shows the man's selfless concern only for the less fortunate which should be admired not mocked as with many of these cynical posts. Fri 24 Apr 2009 16:11:33 GMT+1 lukasson The poor guy has been asked some questions and he's answered them as honestly as possible, and everyone is laying into him for it. God forbid he should have the audacity to say that he'd like to interview William and Harry if he had the chance... Surely he should be thinking about football and things more related to something he is already associated with, he has no right to want to aspire to interview the princes!?He's worked hard to become a footballer, and he's taken a lot of abuse along the way. I see no reason why he shouldn't be using it as an opportunity to cross over into journalism, in the same way that journalists use it as a crossover into presenting, or a businessman starts out in one industry, and then uses their succcess to diversify into another industry. I think a lot of these comments really show how narrow minded some people are, and how many of the people can justify sitting there and ridiculing Rio for the answers he gave, when they're coming out with complete garbage that makes them look like fools themselves. It makes the mind boggle... Fri 24 Apr 2009 16:08:01 GMT+1 TommyO Tommy will do, Phil.No need to call me God. Fri 24 Apr 2009 16:07:53 GMT+1 Foppotee andyp1001 - I think you kind of missed the point, I haven't really criticsed Rio's personality I don't really care about him. I just like to see people with genuine talent for something stick to what they are good at. That is as opposed to those who use their fame and celebrity status to be successful at something else without any decernible talent. This is often due to the less decerning members of society who are perpared to buy Britney Perfum, Jamie Oliver Kitchen scales and whatever comes next maybe Rio Ferdinand drug testing kits.I'm sure Rio Ferdinand is a decent bloke but lets not pretend his charity work etc is about giving something back he's just reeling off platitudes, we've all heard before. If you're looking for a top bloke its got to be Paul Scholes or Ryan Giggs so it's not all about Livepool hating the Manc players. Fri 24 Apr 2009 16:06:03 GMT+1 andyp1001 Dalgrush many people remember he missed a drug test and only he knows the real reason but that is done and over with now im sure you have made many mistakes and learned from them and you can't argue he has become a better player after that incident and CLEARLY learned from his mistake.I seem to remember a certain Mr Gerrard being involved in trouble not so long a go were you as quick to condem him?The point is if ferdinand played for Liverpool you wouldn't even be writing right now Fri 24 Apr 2009 16:00:52 GMT+1 lightother1 look who told /forced you in to this ? your justification for this waffle seems to be he's a 'decent bloke' and Jacko phoned him up during the interview, ( which I doubt). lets see where this is next year, when Rio has run out of mates to feature, or he's bored and has moved onto acting or virtuoso brain surgery! Fri 24 Apr 2009 15:58:24 GMT+1 philtoon82 75. At 4:08pm on 24 Apr 2009, sirCantona_legend wrote: Just a little point for the 'witty' no.4 comment re no.3's comment......if you're going to correct grammer, then you're probably best checking your own. 'Aswell' has never been a word!poster #4 IS Poster#3!! .... maybe you should keep off the booze whilst at work...... Fri 24 Apr 2009 15:55:31 GMT+1 philtoon82 god TommyOnion, it took nearly 4hours for you to come on here and kick-off, your losing your touch! ha ha.Anyone heard from boomshakalak yet?? Fri 24 Apr 2009 15:52:47 GMT+1 Foppotee The one thing that makes me laugh about football fans is their memories for peoples indescretions i.e. the drug test! This must be where the phrase mud sticks comes from, my favourite is David Pleat the Kerb Crawler. Fri 24 Apr 2009 15:50:50 GMT+1 RetroGirl Well, I thought it was an interesting read. He's only a footballer for crying out loud, don't expect Gandalf or Geldof. Fair play to him for recognising the profile he happens to have. He also realises that money and fame do not make you a superior type of person and he has every right to be wary of numpties with cameras! Fri 24 Apr 2009 15:49:55 GMT+1 TommyO "If I could interview anyone in the world it would be the two princes, William and Harry," he answers without hesitation. "I'd love to get their take on the world, because no-one knows how they see it.Brilliant !They see it from over railings keeping ordinary people at a distance, through the bullet proof glass of a stretch limo, the windows of a private jet or from atop one of their palaces/castles/country estates. All of it handed to them on a plate, courtesy of who their granny is. Hope this helps, Rio. Fri 24 Apr 2009 15:47:31 GMT+1 andyp1001 I dont usually post on these blogs but found some of the comments just pure comedy.As a fan of a lower league club looking from afar i found this comment priceless#43 "go back and watch your manager unravel" genius!!!! Rafa Benitez rant lost Liverpool the premier league oh and there out of Europe oh and the FA Cup oh and they didnt win the Carling Cup another trophy less season for Liverpool Priceless!!!!Dalgrush great comments about Rio!!!(not) your way off the mark also i understand Liverpool fans don't like Manchester United players or fans but you have to look outside the box and realise they are also human beings out of football. Everybody is quick to slate people without really knowing the truth.I think Rio is clearly a good role model and good luck to himNot even a Man u fan Carlisle United all the way here we may need another Jimmy Glass injury time winner to save us this year. Fri 24 Apr 2009 15:41:57 GMT+1 redandblackT-Save 606 In the midst of the title race did you feel, Chris, you might have asked him about...let me think...THE PREMIER LEAGUE TITLE?maybe a little question or two?instead of this powder puff filler.And what's this tosh about pizzas?I love quotes of the week and review but this...?You owe me an article Chris Charles!! Fri 24 Apr 2009 15:41:34 GMT+1 U13932686 Can't we all scrimp some money together and get poster #4 to interview the princes? That, i'm sure, even Rio Ferdinand would pay to see. Fri 24 Apr 2009 15:38:04 GMT+1 okelloLB Chris, I think you have done a great job but one thing you keep on forgetting is that no body would want to prick his or her own eyes. Rio, sincerely knew he was to go for a test and went shopping as mentioned in No. 69. This guy has done bad things more than the trash he told you. Make your reservations next time. Yes he is a great player but what about other bit of his weaknesses??? Fri 24 Apr 2009 15:35:26 GMT+1 RedGogs .......and coincidently, just as you were about to interview him, jacko phones????????? nice bit of pr spin for the interview one thinks.....!!!!!! Fri 24 Apr 2009 15:35:03 GMT+1 matthewdoran This post has been Removed Fri 24 Apr 2009 15:33:18 GMT+1 Chris Charles 73. nomadic_dan: Me - a face for radio? How very dare you. You're right, of course.74. Pringy1: Probably not the best idea to declare your lack of a TV licence on a BBC website, Just a thought.76. lightother1: Maybe he's sussing out his options before retiring.It's supply and demand - if he can get interviews with 50 Cent and Jacko then people are going to read them. World Cup Wind-ups... darn, forgot to ask him about that - I was dying to know whether 'merked' was a real word or one he made up. Guess I'm not down with the kids.What I would say is that regarding the piece itself, I only reported what I found - if I had sat down and he'd insulted my mother and called me a scumbag then I would have written about it - the fact of the matter was he came across as a decent bloke. Fri 24 Apr 2009 15:31:13 GMT+1 Foppotee or Kelsey Grammer? Can we desist with the pedanticisms? Fri 24 Apr 2009 15:27:05 GMT+1 matthewdoran lets not forget about not turning up for a couple of drug test! Fri 24 Apr 2009 15:25:56 GMT+1