WATCH: 4 videos that show why we will miss Aleksandar Duric when he retires
The time that nobody ever thought would come is here - Aleksandar Duric's final match as a football player is upon us.
The towering evergreen striker has forged a legacy in Singapore football that few can hope to match with more than 300 S.League goals to his name.
He will finally bring the curtain down on his glittering career when Tampines Rovers take on Brunei DPMM on Friday (Oct 31) night.
Duric's love for Singapore football was evident when he penned some of his final words as a player in a letter through ESPN FC's Kelvin Leong - and it's a love that has been reciprocated by Singapore football fans.
He will also have a fitting testimonial match in Castlewood Group Liverpool Masters - a friendly game at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Nov 15 between the Liverpool Masters and a Singapore Selection.
Duric will get to play with local legends Fandi Ahmad and V Sundramoorthy for the first time.
While the 44-year-old has created many memories throughout his 15-year love story with Singapore, here are four videos that show why everyone loves Aleks.
1) HE SCORES GOALS
Okay, so I'm cheating a little because it was scored during his pre-S.League days in Australia, but this goal is about as good as you'll get from Duric.
Whether it's a tap in, a header from a corner or a spectacular free-kick, the Yugoslav-born striker has scored goals wherever he has gone.
And which football fan on earth doesn't like a goal?
2) HE STANDS UP TO THE OCCASION
Duric's goal exploits weren't limited to just the S.League.
When he was called up to the Singapore national team as a spritely 37-year-old in 2009, Duric marked his debut with both goals against Tajikistan in a 2-0 win at the old National Stadium in Kallang.
His goals, including the above one against Causeway rivals Malaysia, and work ethic contributed to Singapore's record fourth Asean Championships title in 2012.
3. HE HAS INSANE LONGEVITY
How many modern outfield footballers can you name that have played well into their 40s? Not many, I can imagine.
Even in his twilight years as a player, Duric still continues to play with a passion of someone half his age as he gives his all in every match.
The fans love him for that and chants like this only add to the legend.
4. HE'S A GREAT GUY
Just watch Duric and his daughter Isabella and tell me that you don't feel warm and fuzzy inside.
Every day, we hear stories of footballers behaving badly or being outright douchebags.
Aleks? No such airs over here.
Aside from being a model pro, Duric is a down-to-earth chap who won't thumb his nose at you if you try to speak to him - and he isn't afraid to share his opinions or show his softer side either.