After the announcement that Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar will hang up his gloves at the end of the season, there has been no end of superlatives thrown his way in recognition of a truly illustrious career.
Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper is the latest player to praise the 40-year-old Dutchman, for everything he has brought to the English game, and for raising the bar in terms of Barclays Premier League stoppers.
"He's been outstanding wherever he's been, and I think Sir Alex said he wishes he had signed him in 1999 when (Peter) Schmeichel left. What better compliment than that?"
It’s true that Sir Alex Ferguson called for Van der Sar to make a u-turn on his decision to quit Old Trafford, through fear of having to find a replacement for the evergreen star ahead of the new campaign.
His fine form has shown that there is no sign of the former Holland international taking his foot off the gas, as he looks to end his career on a high with United still challenging for trophies on three domestic and European fronts.
"To still be doing it week in, week out at 40 is testament to him.
"I think it's a fantastic decision by him to retire at the top, because he is still very much at the top of his game – he is a legend!"
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