Nemanja Vidić (Serbian Cyrillic: Немања Видић, Serbian pronunciation: [němaɲa ʋǐːditɕ]; born 21 October 1981) is a Serbian retired professional footballer. He was part of the Serbian national team from 2002 to 2011.
After establishing himself at Red Star Belgrade during the early 2000s, Vidić moved to Spartak Moscow in the summer of 2004. He further increased his reputation when he was part of the "Famous Four" Serbian national team defence that conceded just one goal during the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign. He would later sign for Manchester United for around £7 million in January 2006, before establishing a prominent defensive partnership with Rio Ferdinand the following season, and earning a reputation as one of the world's best centre-backs, due to his defensive consistency and awareness, as well as his strength, leadership, and ability in the air. He left Manchester United at the end of his contract in July 2014, joining Inter on a free transfer.
Vidić collected a host of honours in his United career, including three consecutive Premier League titles (five titles in total), the UEFA Champions League, the FIFA World Club Cup, three League Cup medals, as well as being included in three consecutive (four in total) PFA Team of the Year sides from 2007 to 2009. In the 2008–09 season, he helped United to a record-breaking run of 14 consecutive clean sheets and was awarded the Premier League Player of the Season award. He also collected both the club's Fans' and Players' Player of the Year awards. The 2010–11 season would also mark further personal accolades for Vidić, most notably clinching his second Premier League Player of the Season award. A feat that only Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo had achieved before him. Vidić was eventually selected as the new team captain of Manchester United at the start of the 2010–11 season. His captaincy ran over the course of three seasons, until his departure from Manchester United after the 2013–14 season. Vidic and Inter Milan agreed to a mutual termination of his contract on 18 January 2016 as a result of inactivity due to a hernia operation. Vidić had been linked with a move to the Major League Soccer in North America but announced his retirement on 29 January 2016.Close