Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) January 7, 2016
As Jermaine Jenas announced his retirement on Thursday morning, a lot of people shared the same reaction: 'Wasn't he already retired?'
But, among ex-professionals, it was more about praising the 32-year-old. As a central midfielder, Jenas enjoyed spells at Tottenham, Newcastle United, Queens Park Rangers and Nottingham Forest.
And Jenas certainly wasn't a bad player. Nor is he a bad pundit. Like most, he's a little rough around the edges - but a promising career in the media beckons.
Reflecting on his playing career, though, the Englishman was one of many whose days as a footballer were limited due to injury problems. Retiring at 32 is early enough but Jenas had been out of action for ages before his retirement.
Gareth Bale still remembers what a player he was for Spurs, however, posting a Twitter tribute to Jenas on Thursday afternoon to wish him luck and also express his sadness that his former team-mate has had to call it a day so young.
Accompanying his tweet was a picture of Bale and Jenas playing together for Tottenham in the Champions League. Proof that the now BBC pundit played at the top level in his day. He'll be well remembered by plenty.