Rio Ferdinand has lovingly remembered his mother as “a little fighter, but with a huge heart” in an emotional tribute.
The former Manchester United and England captain posted a moving eulogy on Instagram to his mother Janice St Fort, 58, who lost her fight against cancer and died on Thursday.
Describing her as “an inspirational person in so many ways”, Ferdinand, 38, wrote: “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.”
Ferdinand’s personal tribute sits alongside a photograph of him towering over his mother in a cuddle as she appears to hold his Premier League champions medal.
He adds that all he ever wanted since he was “as young as I can remember was to make you proud”, and he thinks he probably succeeded.
Here’s the tweet:
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) 15 July 2017