Rio Ferdinand signs deal with Amazon to make string of documentaries

Rio Ferdinand has reportedly signed a deal with Amazon to make documentaries surrounding his football career.

The 43 year old dad-of-four would be following in the footsteps of Wayne Rooney, whose Rooney documentary recently debuted on Prime Video to huge success.

Instead of delving into his personal life with 30 year old wife Kate Ferdinand, who recently said that having their son Cree has brought the family "closer together", the three-programme series will explore issues such as sexuality and race in the world of football.

There will also be a focus on mental health within the sport in the programmes fronted by Ferdy.

The former Manchester United player turned England star now regularly commentates on the beautiful game alongside the likes of Gary Lineker.

He has also filmed documentaries for the BBC in the past, too, which have proven to be a great success.

For the new Amazon series, Rio is reported to be interviewing various high-profile football players and managers.

A source told The Sun: “This is quite a prestige project for Rio and he has spent the best part of a year working with the documentary makers to produce some in-depth television.

“Rio obviously has experience of race within football, but the other two areas he has less experience of.

"But they’re two areas he really wants to understand through making these shows," the source added.

The new documentaries are also said to be made by Circle Circle Films, the team behind Wayne Rooney's doc.

OK! has contacted a representative for Rio for comment.

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Rio, who shares one year old son Cree with his wife Kate Ferdinand, is also dad to teens Lorenz, 15, Tate 13, and 11 year old daughter Tia with his late wife Rebecca Ellison.

The star has often opened up on his family set-up and the challenges they have faced in the years since Rebecca's death in 2015.

The brunette mum-of-three passed away at the age of 34 after a battle with breast cancer. She and Rio were married for six years.

Rio then started dating TOWIE star Kate in 2017, and they welcomed their first child into the world in December 2020.

The star's journey of being both parents to his children and blending his family with his new love Kate were subjects of his two BBC documentaries, which proved to be a great success.

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