The Serbian defender had left Inter Milan earlier this month by mutual consent and it was thought he would be looking to prolong his career. A move to the MLS, back to his homeland or even coming back to the Premier League with Aston Villa seemed like possibilities. However today, the commanding centre-back has announced his retirement from the game.
A series of injuries towards the end of his career have hampered him, and he failed to make an appearance for Inter Milan this season following hernia surgery in the summer.
Vidic will be fondly remembered by Manchester United fans and respected by all followers of the Premier League. He turned out to be a bargain signing by Sir Alex Ferguson when he recruited him from Spartak Moscow for a fee reported by the BBC to be £7 million. United got the best out of him, and he formed a formidable partnership in defence with Rio Ferdinand.
Vidic made 300 appearances for the Red Devils winning the Premier League on five occasions, also picking up Champions League and Club World Cup winners' medals in 2008.
The Serbian took over as captain of the club from Gary Neville in 2010 and he was a great leader. Perhaps most notable in terms of his passion for the cause was the statistic that he received four red cards against Liverpool, more than any other player against an opponent in the history of the Premier League.
Here's a look back at some of the more memorable moments of Nemanja Vidic's career.
Signing the contract in 2006, when United also bought Patrice Evra in the same window.
His first trophy for the club; the League Cup in 2006.
Vidic had a great partnership with Rio Ferdinand.
Winning the Champions League in 2008 following a penalty shootout victory over Chelsea.
Vidic was also a runner-up in the Champions League twice, losing against Barcelona both time in 2009 and 2011.
He represented Serbia 52 times including at the 2010 World Cup.
His last club was Inter Milan, where he was managed by Roberto Mancini.