Although testimonials aren't quite the same traditional spectacles they once were, Manchester United's 0-0 draw with Everton on Wednesday night - in honour of Wayne Rooney's service to the club - would have still meant an incredible amount to the four charities chosen to benefit from the profits.
However, while Rooney was strutting his stuff at Old Trafford once more in a quiet but tightly-contested clash, the scene at his £6 million mansion was the exact opposite.
That's because burglars thought it would be the prime opportunity to raid the England captain's luxury home when they knew Rooney's family would be supporting the striker at Old Trafford.
According to The Sun, masked men attempted to break into the 30-year-old's house based in Cheshire, but set off the extensive security system Rooney had put in place to protect his wife and three sons.
Such is the effectiveness of the footballer's defence operation, the police swarmed onto the property in minutes, bringing three vehicles, a helicopter and trained dogs to capture the criminals.
One nearby neighbour even likened the disturbance to something you would see in 'a movie'.
The Sun quoted the unnamed source saying: “It was like something out of a movie with alarms shrieking and search lights flashing on.
“The police seemed to appear from nowhere. They were swarming all over the place.”
Rooney is said to be 'deeply shocked' by Wednesday night's events and the police have confirmed they are still appealing for any witnesses who can provide some information.
CCTV reportedly revealed a man wearing a balaclava at the front door and tripping the alarm as he attempted to look through the window.
As the emergency services arrived, the suspect dropped a rucksack -which had gaffer tape and electrical ties in - before jumping into a getaway car to make his escape.
Clearly a pre-planned heist, Rooney can at least be grateful knowing his family were safe and sound with him at the match; however, it does act as a stark reminder how much of a target rich sports stars are for crime in the modern day.