Vieira bows out in style
- Fri 15 Jul 2011, 8:44AM
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
Patrick Vieira's retirement as a player naturally resonated around the world as one of the best midfield men of his generation revealed his new role with City on Bastille Day.
"Powerfully built, and standing 6ft 4in, he was deceptively quick and had an immensely strong physical presence that enabled him to dominate midfield battles.
"He was not always quick enough to keep clear of trouble ... but Vieira will be remembered as one of the all-time greats for club and country."
Arsene Wenger, who toyed with re-signing him at 34, is quoted: "He had everything - the first time I ever saw him play as a teenager I knew he was something special. He never hid from anything and the more (responsibility) you gave him the stronger he became."
Reuters add: "Wenger did not in the end re-sign his old captain who instead played out the twilight of his career at Manchester City where his influence, if not his old battling qualities, helped the club enjoy long overdue success.
"The last appearance of his 18-year professional career - a brief cameo as a late substitute - came as City beat Stoke 1-0 in the FA Cup Final in May to win their first trophy since 1976.
Vieira will not be gracing the Champions League when City make their debut, but over the last 18 months he has played a supporting role in helping them get there
Well put. Or as Pablo Zabaleta says on Twitter, as reported by goal.com: "Hi everybody!!! Very sad day for football. Patrick Vieira retiring as a professional footballer. Great player and better person."
No room for verbosity on Twitter is there? We should all be on there - WTMS certainly is ...
"He was outstanding that day and every time I have seen him he has done well. He has all the attributes - the right age, a very good footballer and a good defender as well, he ticks all the boxes."