Rio Ferdinand shares emotional message for his children after the loss of their mum and grandmother

Footballer Rio Ferdinand has posted an emotional tribute to his kids on Instagram.

Rio, 38, took to the social media site to share a touching image dedicated to his three children, with the message: ‘There are no perfect parents, and there are no perfect children, but there are plenty of perfect moments along the way’.

Alongside the sweet snap, he shared what his hopes for his kids going forward were, when he added: ‘I just wish happiness for my kids from now….the last couple of years they have seen too much pain.’

‘Creating great memories for them going forward is the aim.’

It’s been a difficult couple of years for the footballer and sports presenter, with a lot of heartbreak for him and his young family.

In May 2015, his wife Rebecca Ellison died after a battle with breast cancer, and in July 2017 he revealed that his mum Janice St Fort, 58, had also sadly passed away.

Earlier this year saw Rio opening up about his the loss of his wife in a BBC documentary Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad. Throughout the programme he explored his grief, but also opened up about how it may affect his children Lorenz, 11, Tate, nine, and daughter Tia, five.

He said on the documentary: ‘This is one of the only things in life that we’re going to go through together, where I haven’t got the answers for them, and that’s quite a worrying, daunting thing.’

Rio has since gone on to date former TOWIE star Kate Wright, 26 – who he is currently on holiday with, along with his children.

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. All I ever wanted in life from as young as I can remember was to make you proud and I know I must of got somewhere near to doing that…. because your chest was puffed out as big as anyone's whenever my name was mentioned or when you was in a stadium watching me play… I can just hear/see you now "what did you say, oh ok…that's my son…"!!! You were fiery, you were protective, you was soft & hard faced when need be… you loved hard, you disciplined me, you were a grafter & you were my everything. I sit here now thinking & the only negative I can think of is that you talked for too long on the phone!! You gave all of your life to make sure everything was ok for myself, my brothers, sister, your grandchildren & husband Peter (never mind the countless friends & family too). At my most difficult time, you were my shining light & made it your mission to be there for me & my kids… trust me that will never forgotten. From school runs to homework to making them smile… to starting horse riding lessons….they will always remember. You are the most selfless & giving person I have ever known which came from a genuine place of love. The way you have touched so many people's hearts will live on and will be the way many will remember you mum. You were an inspirational person in so many ways, one day I will be able to tell you them all face to face. Love you mummy Rio x

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When his mum passed away last moth Rio was said to be devastated.

At the time his family said: ‘The whole family are devastated. Our mum was the centre and the heart of our family and has supported us all through many difficult times, always with a smile on her face.’

‘Her strength and courage, as well as her great sense of humour and immense kindness, were never-ending.’