Defenders like Nemanja Vidic don’t come often.
The Serbian colossus was an absolute beast in his heyday, a pragmatic master built like a chariot.
During his peak years at Manchester United, the Premier League’s top players were thwarted with ease by Vidic.
He made defense at the highest level easy and the Serbian mountain man was also one of the toughest contenders the English game has ever seen.
Vidic has never been the type to play the game or exaggerate an injury to defraud officials.
The legendary defender even avoided doing it when he got his stomach kicked by an opponent …
In fact, when Vidic was once started by a member of an opposing team in this manner, it was the other player who actually finished second.
The man was former Manchester City defender Micah Richards and the incident occurred during a Manchester derby at the Etihad in the 2007/08 season.
Richards tried to win a 50/50 duel against Vidic with a reckless high foot, but it was the Englishman who was the only one to twist in agony on the pitch.
United’s Serbian monster simply stood up with a cheeky smile on his face, while Richards was due to receive treatment from the city’s medical team.
Poor ol ‘Micah – who isn’t exactly short himself – certainly picked the wrong guy to play with.
“When Vidic left his home he told his dad ‘you’re the man of the house now,’” one football fan said in the comments section.
A second added: “When you kick Vidic. It’s you who’s going to get hurt. What a beast”
Another fan joked, “I have a devious suspicion that Vidic is the offspring of Chuck Norris.”
It was really wise to avoid playing with Vidic during a match, as it was incredibly rare for the other player to emerge victorious.
Unless that footballer is Fernando Torres, of course …
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