Rio Ferdinand has spoken openly about his struggles as a single parent following the death of his wife Rebecca in May 2015.  And this week, the former footballer took to Instagram to share a heartbreaking post about his three children, Lorez, Tate and Tia, as he revealed his hopes for their future happiness.

Rio, 38, uploaded a quote which read: “There are no perfect parents, and there are no perfect children, but there are plenty of perfect moments along the way.”  Alongside it, he wrote: “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.”

Understandably, fans were quick to respond to the post. “Never, never give up Rio, you’re a great man,” one wrote. Another referred to the recent loss of Rio’s beloved mother, writing: “So true. Lose their lovely mum and nan. They are surrounded by love and they will be ok.” A third added: “You are a perfect parent, and your kids are even more perfect.”