September 6, 2014 News

Rio announces his excitement for the MaestRio  

“I cannot wait for the #Maestrio weekend in Glasgow,” started Rio as we had a chat to him about the big charity weekend in Glasgow. “Seeing the reaction to Paul McStay’s return to Scotland has really taken my anticipation of the event to another level.”

42fa5d321e560127e1760cd43a04230bRio Ferdinand has been buzzing the last few months by the fact he will not only see his number one Scot, but also be able to play on the same pitch as Paul McStay.

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In recent years Rio has established himself as a social commentator, garnering a huge following of over 5 million on Twitter, runs his own digital magazine, #5, and Italian restaurant, Rosso, has released books and is working with TV channel BT Sport.

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26But Peckham-born Rio has a passion for social issues and young people; something demonstrated when he established the Rio Ferdinand Foundation in early 2012 and was therefore did not hesitate when Celtic FC Foundation came up with the idea; Paul McStay’s Maestro v Rio’s All Star charity match to support young people.

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“We should remember that this is about raising money for charities,” said Rio. “Providing both emergency aid and long term support for young people and families facing poverty in the Middle East, England and Scotland.

“I would sincerely like to thank Paul McStay for his support in getting this game together, all of the staff at the Celtic FC Foundation and the Rio Ferdinand Foundation for putting in long hours to get the game underway.

“And a huge thanks to the fans at Celtic and beyond who have supported the game throughout and paid hard earned money to support the charities involved.”

Manchester United v Chelsea UEFA Champions League Final 2008Some of you might have noticed that the Rio’s All Star team sheet  looks different than it did a few weeks ago, with a few players having to cancel due to other commitments and big names being announced at the last minute.

However, it has not changed the fact that several legends and celebrities will be playing for Rio’s team at Celtic Park in the #Maestrio on Sunday to raise money for charity.

“The celebs turning out should also make it a special occasion for families,” said Rio. “With the likes of James McAvoy, Martin Compston, Louis Tomlinson, Tom Cullen and Rizzle Kicks playing…and they are decent players!”

“The transfer window and club/work commitments have meant teams have had to be shuffled in the past few days but with players like Paul, Stan Petrov and Lubo Moravcik turning out for Celtic and Paul Scholes, Gianfranco Zola and Andrew Cole playing for my team, it should be a great showcase game. “

Rio, who will also be found at the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow on Saturday night for the charity gala dinner, is just as excited as everyone else about traveling up north and meet friends, legends and celebrities.

“It will be a great weekend, “concluded Rio. “See you all in Glasgow….”

846Net proceeds of the match, which is sponsored by Flip and Magners, will be split between Celtic FC Foundation and the Rio Ferdinand Foundation.

Celtic FC Foundation have selected UNICEF and War Child as main beneficiaries, specifically to support their humanitarian work in the Middle East.

Tickets are on general sale, priced at £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.

They are available to purchase online, by calling 0871 226 1888*, or by visiting the Celtic Ticket Office.

Premium tickets (£35) and corporate packages (£125) are also available by calling 0871 226 1888* (option 4) or emailing

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