Aleksandar Duric: A tribute in numbers
On Friday (Oct 31), Aleksandar Duric bade farewell to one of football’s most prolific careers when he played his last match at the age of 44.
The Yugoslav-born marksman is credited with more goals in a single league than any other active player, and he is the second oldest international goal-scorer in football history (he was 42 years and 105 days old then).
Duric’s globe-trotting journey started when he left the former Yugoslavia for a trial in Sweden, and was unable to return when war broke out in 1991.
Later, the talented junior kayaker was asked to represent Bosnia-Herzegovina at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, which he reached by hitch-hiking across Europe.
The father-of-three has fired 330 goals in the S-League, lifting the trophy eight times, and has scored 46 times in the cup competition which he has won on three occasions.
As the sharpshooter's career draws to a close, let us revel in the statistics from 44-year-old's storied 15-year tenure:
Total domestic club football games played: 520
Total domestic club football goals: 376
International caps: 53
International goals: 24
Duric made his debut for Singapore's national team at the age of 37, after receiving citizenship, and scored 24 goals in 53 games, helping his adopted country win two Southeast Asian titles. PHOTO: NP
Team Medals: 10
S.League: 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013
RHB Singapore Cup: 2012
Asean Football Championship: 2012
Aleksandar Duric holding aloft the S-League trophy after a successful 2009 season with Warriors FC. PHOTO: ST
Individual honours: 8
S.League Player of the Year: 2007, 2008, 2012
YEO's People's Choice Award: 2007
Top Scorer Award: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013
Duric savouring the moment after earning a Player of the Year Award in 2007. PHOTO: ST
"Now it is time for me to take my seat in the stands and cheer Singapore on and I am excited to finally have the chance to chant with the fans and do the Kallang wave as a die-hard supporter."
- Aleksandar Duric
Thanks for the countless memories, Duric.
Source: AFP, ESPNFC, Soccerway, ST