One of the best defenders playing in the English Premier League today, Nemanja Vidic is a cult figure among Manchester United fans and has enjoyed a meteoric rise to football stardom.
Born in Titovo, Uzice, Serbia, in 1981 Nemanja began playing football at the age of just seven and was quickly spotted by local clubs. At the age of 15, he was signed to Red Star Belgrade’s youth system and by the age of 20 had won the Yugoslav cup with Red Star.
The captain’s armband soon followed and he became an integral part of the Red Star team, leading them to a domestic double in 2004. That was to be his last season with the club, as he moved to the Russian Premier League and Spartak Moscow in a reportedly record-breaking transfer deal.