By Jason Chester for MailOnline
Published: 21:01 BST, 1 October 2019 | Updated: 21:17 BST, 1 October 2019
He exchanged vows with Kate Wright in front of close friends and family members in Turkey on Friday.
But the honeymoon was put on hold as Rio Ferdinand returned work just four days later for a busy week of Champions League fixtures – starting with Tottenham Hotspur’s home match against Bayern Munich.
The former Manchester United and England legend was fulfilling his punditry duties alongside Owen Hargreaves, Peter Crouch and BT Sports host Gary Lineker.
Back at work: The honeymoon was put on hold as Rio Ferdinand returned work on Tuesday, just four days after marrying Kate Wright in Turkey
But football talk was brushed to one side as Lineker addressed the elephant in the room ahead of Tuesday night's north London fixture.
Turning to the retired sportsman, he remarked: ‘Rio shouldn’t you be on your honeymoon?’
'No, no, no, we will leave that to another time,' he replied. 'We have important things to do here in the studio.'
With tongue firmly in cheek, Lineker prompted loud laughter from the studio as he joked: ''Football is always the priority, is that right?'
To which Ferdinand replied: 'Yes, and she knows that!'
Rio married former The Only Way Is Essex star Kate at The D Maris Bay hotel