Life slowly takes control and age, also, takes its toll on human body. People in physically demanding vocations often obey the aging rules faster than others. Footballers are never left out! The physical demands of their profession make them bow out, retire, early. At figures above thirty, most footballers start planning for retirement. They move on to become something else.

Friday, January 29, 2016, the Serbian strongman and defender, Nemanja Vidic retired from the game of football. It is profession and career that had brought him more glory than anything else. The former Manchester United defended took the final bow after playing for Italian club, FC Internationale.

At the age of thirty-four (34), it is not too early for a man who had put in more physicality than most other defenders. He had, for a couple of years back, battled injuries, too. Born 21 October 1981, he played for Red Star Belgrade and Spartak Moscow between 2000 and 2005 before moving to Manchester United for a fee of about £7 million in January 2006. An enviable defensive pairing was formed with Rio Ferdinand. The twosome took the premiership defending to another level.  They earned a reputation as one of the world’s best centre-backs, due to his defensive consistency and
awareness, as well as his strength, leadership, and ability in the air.

Although he left Manchester United at the end of his contract in July 2014 to join FC Inter on a free transfer, he had decorated his shelf with trophies, medal and laurels. Five (5) English Premier League titles, three (3) Football League titles, five (5) Community Shield titles, one (1) EUFA Champions’ League title and one (1) FIFA Club World Cup title were all he gained at Man United.

Nemanja represented his country, the Serbian national team for nearly a decade between 2002 and 2011. He was part of the “Famous Four” Serbian national team defence that conceded just one goal during the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign.

In the final three years of the eight as a player with Manchester United FC, he was made the captain of the club. There were also a host of individual awards, prominent amongst which were two (2) Premier League Player of the Season awards. That was an award equaled only by Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Apart from Arsenal legend, Tony Adams, with 45.1% clean sheets, Nemanja Vidic is the best, he had 45% as one of the best Premiership defenders. Another fact is that he holds the record for the greatest percentage wins for players who had 200 plus Premiership appearances. 70.6% makes him better than both Patrice Evra and Didier Drogba with 68.1% and 67.7% respectively.

The thinking amongst fans was that he could return to England to help the ailing United army or move to the Major Soccer League in the USA. But the big man decided to announce his retirement. Farewell to a class that may be hard to find!


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