If nothing else, Nemanja Vidic’s recent confession that his Manchester United days are numbered signals a changing of the guard for the reigning Premier League champions.
It also serves as a timely reminder that in the end all great players will eventually fade out of prominence.
As has been well documented throughout the ages, the career of a high-profile footballer is notoriously short and, whilst Vidic is seeking to continue to ply his trade elsewhere, it’s almost with one hundred percent certainty that I can predict he won’t come close to re-experiencing the time he had at Old Trafford.
And looking across other big European teams there are a few players primed to follow the Serbian star in taking the path into relative obscurity.
For your convenience we’ve assembled the top eight iconic players currently still hanging on in there at the top… enjoy them, support them but most of all don’t take them for granted, these guys won’t be around for long…