Former Singapore international Aleksandar Duric stood out amongst the rest of the players at the IG Masters Football Sixes Singapore Cup 2013 on Sunday evening for one reason: he was the only one still playing professionally.
Currently starring for Tampines Rovers, who were crowned S.League champions for a third consecutive season subsequently later that same night, the 43-year-old is still banging in the goals as he leads the league's scoring charts.
But the evergreen striker, who was representing the Singapore Legends side in his Masters debut casually brushed aside that fact, saying that he simply loves the sport.
"Ah, it’s nothing, I am just a guy who likes to play football and I still love what I am doing and that’s why I am still playing," Duric told Goal Singapore in between games.
"All of these guys, I can see that they still can play. I mean, everybody has a different kind of lifestyle and different targets in their lives, so they probably had enough and that’s why they stopped (retired)."
The Bosnian-born Singaporean was candid about his feelings when asked whether he had set any goals coming into the tournament.
"No no no, I just came here to enjoy as much as them and share the pitch with them (the former stars)," Duric said.
"I am excited to share this small pitch with all the stars who you only see on them TV and it’s my privilege to play against them!"
Duric also expressed his hope that this would not be his last Masters tournament.
"I wish, because when I was younger in Europe, in winter, you have so many of these tournaments," he explained.
"So I wish we can build on this to have a yearly [event], make this another [one for] teams from all over the world and I think it will be good for Singapore sport."
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