After 18 years as a first-team player at AS Roma, next Sunday will see Daniele De Rossi pull on the Giallorossi shirt for the final time.
After his departure was announced to the public on Tuesday, hundreds of figures from throughout the world of football were quick to offer their heartfelt tributes to one of the legends of the game.
Here we have picked out 10 social media posts from some of the biggest names in the game, as they paid tribute to the 35-year-old.
Alessandro Nesta: “Congratulations to a player and a man made of different, greater stuff – someone who has made his way in our profession with great focus and balance – without ever being boring. Good luck my friend.”
Claudio Marchisio: “Some will say that these things are natural, but I know that even as the wind dies or changes direction, some flags will continue to wave proudly – because the love they have given and received, and the bonds they have created, have become an unstoppable force. You are a great, my friend.”
Gianluca Zambrotta: "You should be proud of everything you have achieved over the years. A true leader, you have defended and honoured the Roma shirt in every single game. Well done, Daniele, and best of luck for the future.”
Marco Materazzi: “A teammate and an opponent in so many battles! Proud of you and everything you have given football… a true man.”
Daniele De Rossi: "An important chapter in your life is closing. It does not matter where but you must continue to play football and enjoy yourself because football still needs honest people like yourself… good luck Dani!”
Antonio Candreva: “A teammate in so many battles for the national team, a proud opponent, a true friend… good luck Dani!”
Massimo Oddo: “A big chapter in your life closes, but also a big chapter in the history of your club. A true leader and a true man, someone I am proud to have shared some amazing moments with!”
Simone Pepe: “Good luck boss!”