Nemanja Vidic has announced his retirement from football at the age of 34.
The ex-Manchester United captain used his former club to release a statement breaking the news.
“The time has come for me to hang up my boots,” the defender said. “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.”
Vidic, capped 56 times for Serbia, left Old Trafford in 2014 when his contract expired to join Inter Milan. His contract at Inter was cancelled earlier this month, and Vidic has decided not to seek another club.
At the time, he said he’d never play for another team in England because “the only club I ever wanted to play for here is Manchester United”.
Vidic began his career with Red Star Belgrade spending four years there before joining Spartak Moscow in 2005. United signed him for £7 million in 2005.
Vidic won five Premier League titles, and a trio of League Cups during his eight-and-a-half-years with the Red Devils, as well as a Champions League medal when United beat Chelsea on penalties in the competition’s only all-English final in 2008.
His partnership with Rio Ferdinand formed the bedrock of United’s success in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final seasons in charge.
Vidic’s career in Serie A never took off. A string of injuries and manager Roberto Mancini’s decision to blood younger defenders frequently left him out in the cold. His contract was ended by mutual consent.
He was also part of a Serbia backline – with Mladen Krstajic, Ivica Dragutinovic and Goran Gavrancic – dubbed the Famous Four after they only conceded once during qualification for the 2006 World Cup.
Knee ligament injury prevent him from playing in the 2006 tournament in Germany, but he featured in the World Cup in South Africa four years later when Serbia finished bottom of their group.