So good they named him twice.
Eric Djemba-Djemba is an iconic name to Manchester United fans.
He spent two years playing for the club under Sir Alex Ferguson but never managed to fully win over the manager or fans with his performances.
However, at the age of 40, Djemba-Djemba has officially announced his retirement from football.
The Cameroonian rose to prominence at French club Nantes, where he earned a dream move to United in 2003. He didn’t develop into Roy Keane’s successor and left the club for Aston Villa two years later.
He would also play for Burnley, St. Mirren and Swiss side Vallorbe-Ballaigues.
“I can say to you today, that I’m officially retiring from playing football,” Djemba-Djemba said, as per Manchester Evening News. “I have an academy in Cameroon and I am going to focus on trying to help educate the young players there on how to become a footballer, and how to build a successful career as a footballer.
“Today, I’m stopping playing football.”
Although it didn’t work out for him at United, the Cameroon international still went on and had a decent career for himself.
We are sure he has plenty of stories to tell from his time at United and elsewhere, so there could be a few media gigs lined up now that he’s retired – but that will be down to Djemba-Djemba.
We would like to wish him the very best with his retirement and whatever plans he has for the future.