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Rio Ferdinand regrets sacrificing family time to be a successful footballer

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"For all elite sportsmen, their families play second fiddle to their careers

 

Rio Ferdinand has revealed he feels like he’s experiencing fatherhood for the first time with his son Cree because he was away so much with his other kids.

The former Manchester United star aged 42, welcomed his fourth child with wife Kate before Christmas.

He also has three children Lorenz, 14, Tate, 12, and Tia, nine, from his late wife, Rebecca, who passed away in 2015.

 

"For all elite sportsmen, their families play second fiddle to their careers

He has now come to admit that he sacrificed his family time to have a successful career.

“We think as dads, we are doing a great job and we are there all the time but we’re not. We’re just dipping in and out because we are travelling so much,” he explained.

“I was probably not there 75 per cent of the time. I was on the road travelling around Europe and playing games. When I was there, was I really there mentally? I used that excuse, ‘Oh I’ve got a game’ – I probably left an hour early if I’m being honest.”

 

"For all elite sportsmen, their families play second fiddle to their careers

 

Rio went on: “For all elite sportsmen, their families play second fiddle to their careers. The family is the sacrifice. I didn’t go to countless family functions. I missed birthdays, I missed so many things, I missed the births of one of my kids.

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