Six reasons why birthday boy Ricci Rivero is so admired
ABS-CBN Sports on May 25, 2018 07:25 PM
Happy Birthday, Ricci Rivero!
After two years with La Salle, Ricci Rivero has cemented himself as one of the most exciting young prospects in Philippine basketball.
With his slick, high-flying, Eurostepping ways on the court, the 6'2" swingman put the UAAP on notice after a mythical selection in what was his last season with the Green Archers.
Aside from his on-court exploits, however, is his strong social media persona whose online following is second to none in the Philippines.
But behind his success on and off the hardwood, even the controversies that led to his departure from DLSU and commitment to UP is a student-athlete who is celebrating his 20th birthday today.
Let's list down the reasons why Ricci so beloved by basketball fans, and beyond.
1. Family, God-oriented
Ricci Rivero has not been shy in crediting his success to two things: his family, and God.
He never fails in greeting his family in social media, as well as post-game interviews. He also never forgets to thank the big guy above for all the blessings.
She’s my number one fan. And today, I want to tell her that she has inspired me to do better. To be better. I love you MOM 😘 Happy Mother’s Day!— Ricci Rivero (@_ricciiirivero) May 12, 2018
Lets join #HallmarkPH fight cancer by posting your selfies with your mom. #ThisismyMom #Selfieforacause
👏🏻☝🏻🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/KVnyn0kQWr— Ricci Rivero (@_ricciiirivero) July 30, 2017
2. The Highlights
It's no secret: Ricci is a walking highlight machine.
With his slick moves on the court, coupled with his emphatic dunks and his patented Eurostep, a viral highlight is definitely possible everytime he takes to the court.
Ricci's daily rotation of fits also a fashion inspiration for many of today's young men.
4. Fitness and Athleticism
Ricci's highlight-making ability probably comes only second to his undeniable fitness.
Trained and molded by years of hard work with his dad, a vaunted trainer himself, the 20-year-old was born gifted, and raised as a complete athlete.
Aside from representing the Philippines in a FIBA 3x3 tournament, Ricci is also a member of the Gilas Pilipinas Cadets squad that joined the FilOil Preseason tournament.
While he wasn't immediately allowed to represent the Filipino tricolor, the stars eventually aligned to play, and even star for the young Gilas squad.
6. Social Media Presence
Ricci's title as the most-tweeted athlete in the Philippines is just one of his ever-expanding repertoire of accolades.
The social media darling's online presence is one to envy, with every Tweet, every Instagram post garnering over a thousand likes, no matter how mundane.
And something tells us that there's still a lot left in Ricci.
Hangover 💚im a fan 🤗 pic.twitter.com/kaboTEGORx— Ricci Rivero (@_ricciiirivero) May 7, 2017