Legend hangs up his boots

Vieira's winning habit

July 14, 2011
The announcement that Patrick Vieira has retired from football evoked memories in me, for on two occasions I had the pleasure of interviewing a footballer whom I've long admired. The first encounter was via a conference call in London, the second involved a one-on-one meeting in Milan that preceded playing alongside the then-Internazionale midfielder during a five-a-side training session. Those spine-tingling minutes spent on foreign AstroTurf will take some beating. He had this presence, you see.
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