Former Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand has become a real-life Santa Claus – donating £500,000 worth of toys to prevent children missing out on Christmas presents.
Ferdinand, a father of three, announced his donation live on Key103.
“As a father myself I couldn’t see children going without opening a present this Christmas Day.”
The donation was made last week – with a huge pile of children’s toys making their way to the Mission Christmas warehouse in Manchester, where they will now be distributed to children in need.
And in a further gesture of seasonal goodwill, Ferdinand has also donated 11,500 sleeping bags to the city’s homeless community too.
“There are people that are less fortunate than we are so we want to try and help them,” he said.
Ferdinand is one of the most decorated English footballers of all time having won the Premier League six times with Manchester United, winning three League cups and lifting the Champions League trophy in 2008 as captain of United.