World in Motion, Three Lions and Diamond Lights – three great instances of football and music coming together.
Then along came Aleksandar Kolarov who put everyone to shame with his joyless, yet mesmerising rendition of Jingle Bells.
The 33-year-old joined Roma in 2017, but had seven years at Manchester City where he became one of the most popular players.
“I consider my time as a Citizen as one of the most beautiful periods of my life,” he said when finally leaving.
“Two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, two League Cups — I won’t forget those. And, of course, there was the best moment.
“Everyone remembers where they were when they heard…
“We’ll always have that.”
He also followed up his Jingle Bells performance with ‘Santa Claus is coming to Town’ a year later.
Most Popular Football News
Liverpool vs Newcastle preview: Why the Reds should feel very confident
LIVE ON TS2
Sheffield United v Derby preview, team news, predicted line-ups, plus more
Tottenham vs Bournemouth: Preview, team news, predicted line-ups, plus more
FPL tips: Transfer advice including Manchester United, Arsenal, and West Ham stars
‘I would love Solskjaer to get the Man United job full-time’, says former team-mate
Redknapp: ‘Spurs have proven they didn’t need to sign anyone in the summer'
Remembering the time Arsenal double winner Petit responded to a plea from 'police'
Celtic's 15-year-old wonderkid Karamoko Dembele signs first pro contract
Boxing Day preview: United rejuvenated, Chelsea wobble and Liverpool top
What every Premier League club's fan would love to open on Christmas day