After a long and prestigious career in football, a testimonial match to bid farewell to the fans is often the gift to the game's biggest stars, but sometimes they are a more than just a friendly kickabout, as FIFA.com discovers.
FIFA.com looks at some of the football men honoured by statues, from the wacky to the wonderful, and the reasons behind these tributes.
In our regular Sunday feature, FIFA.com presents you with some of the biggest names in football who will be celebrating their birthdays over the coming week.
On the fifth anniversary of a memorable deciding leg in the Copa Libertadores final, FIFA.com recalls how the breathtaking brilliance of Juan Roman Riquelme helped Boca Juniors finish off Gremio and rewrite the record books.
As the year comes to an end, FIFA.com casts an eye over the famous footballing talents who have finally called time on their careers, including the likes of Ronaldo, Patrick Vieira and Fabio Cannavaro.
Featuring Andrea Ranocchia on how Gian Piero Gasperini gets his messages across, German Burgos on giving up a rock career to go into football coaching, and Guti on why Cristiano Ronaldo's not on Lionel Messi's level.