When I said I wanted to write a book, they said it couldn’t be done. Well if there’s one thing you don’t want to say to Ronnie Matthews, it’s to say to him that something can’t be done. Don’t do that, becuase he’ll do it.
And I did.
This book is about my career as a top footballer, sure. But it’s about much more than that. It’s about my hopes, my dreams, my beliefs, my fears, my attempts to open a sushi restaurant with Ashely Cole, Rio Ferdinand and Jay-Z. It’s about my relationships with Harry Redknapp, David O’Leary, Barry Fry and the police. It’s about life. And love. And my beautiful children Ronnie Jr and Ginseng.
I have been on an incredible journey and I want to share it with you. So please dig deep. Also Neil Ruddock is my literary agent and he’s getting heavy about his 15%, so buy the book. You might just save a life.
Or find your nearest bookshop and buy it there!
Thanks to Alan Tyers, my ghost-writer and number-one fan for his help with the words. And props to Beach, my life-drawing tutor, for his advice on the art and for teaching me that little trick with the Tippex.
Big shout out to Charlotte at the publishing company for going the extra mile and busting the Bloomsbury wage structure to sign me up. Thanks for keeping it real, babes.
And of course massive thanks to Tonette and the kids for giving me the time and space to write this book. It can’t have been easy for them being without their Dad for such long spells that weekend. The next one will be quicker, I promise.
And lastly, thanks to the fans. You know who you are.