Nemanja Vidic has decided to end his football career, with the former Manchester United star announcing his retirement at the age of just 34 years.
The Serbian centre-back was released by Serie A club Inter, cancelling his contract by mutual consent earlier this month. He was quoted on the Red Devil’s website saying:
“The time has come for me to hang up my boots. The injuries I have had in the last few years have taken their toll.
“I would like to thank all the players I have played with, all the managers and staff I have worked with, and say a big ‘thank you’ to the fans for their support over the years.”
The club also posted this tweet in honour of Vidic:
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) 29 januari 2016
Vidic started his career in 1999, when he was transferred from the Under-19 squad to the senior team at Red Star Belgrade. He joined Sparktak Subotica on loan, before becoming a key player at Red Star.
The Serbian defender left his home country behind to join Spartak Moscow in the Russian Premier Liga, before coming over to the Premier League in the winter of 2006, when he joined United on transfer fee of £7.35m.
He played a total of 211 league matches for the Red Devils, scoring 15 goals and providing four assists. Vidic was known for his hard work, fearless tackles and solid positional play. He also appeared in 52 Champions League matches, winning the 2008 edition, beating Chelsea 6-5 on penalties after a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes.
Vidic als won five Premier League titles with Manchester United, as well as winning the League Cup three times. He joined Inter in the summer of 2014 on a free transfer, but only played 23 matches in Italy, suffering from injuries. Vidic retired from international football in 2011, after appearing in 34 matches for Serbia.
Here’s a video of Vidic’s best moment at Old Trafford: