Rio Ferdinand won't swap football for TV

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 2 July 2012
Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand has no plans to swap football for TV although he enjoyed working on new show 'Let's Get Gold' for ITV1

Rio Ferdinand has no plans to swap football for TV.

Although the Manchester United soccer star loved filming 'Let's Get Gold' - which sees 15 teams of athletes competing to win a £100,000 prize by transforming their sport into a dance routine - he won't give up his football career for a presenting role.

He told The Sun newspaper: "I loved doing it but I still imagine being a football manager after I quit the game. Right now I'd like to keep playing and do this as a sideline."

Rio also revealed he nearly became a dancer instead of a footballer.

He explained: "I was about 10 years old when this guy saw me doing gymnastics and said he thought I could do ballet.

"I really just went along because it was different to being around my estate. I ended up going for four years, three times a week. I did lots of different dance and really enjoyed it.

"But then my dad said, 'Rio, you need to pick between dance and football'. Luckily, I went for football."

'Let's Get Gold' - which also features Vernon Kay, Una Healy, Freddie Flintoff and Martine McCutcheon - will air on ITV1 on Thursday (05.07.12) at 9pm.

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