Steadfast at the centre of a Netherlands defence and unlucky to miss out on a place in the World Cup final, the unusually titanic Ron Vlaar won his fair share of wealthy admirers in Brazil.
In the wake of his man of the match showing in the ill-fated semi-final against Argentina, Champions League bluebloods of the ilk of Manchester United and Roma were rumoured suitors.
Yet, with no disrespect meant to player or club, links to Premier League returnees Queens Park Rangers are that much more believable.
It’s all eerily reminiscent of the time back in 2002 when Republic of Ireland centre-half Gary Breen had his moment in the sun, producing several much-heralded showings en route to the last eight of the World Cup in Japan and South Korea.
“Who is the Breen character?”
The likes of Barcelona and Inter Milan were rumoured to have asked at the time…
“And how is it possible he’s available on a free having been relegated with Coventry?”
Ultimately, like Icarus before him, the Irishman could only soar for so long before the glue holding his crudely fashioned wings together melted and he fell back to earth with a bump, landing at West Ham.
Once there he continued to tumble, leaving the club after a solitary campaign in which they were sucked down the top-tier plughole.
Much like the former Mick McCarthy favourite, Vlaar’s Premier League tenure has been characterised by relegation dog-fighting.
Finishing no higher than 15th in two seasons at Villa Park, he has presided over the most porous defence to cheat the drop on both occasions.
QPR are 2/1 joint-second favourites for relegation in 2014/15 along with Leicester City and must increase the urgency of their overtures towards Cardiff’s Steven Caulker if they wish to avoid landing 2014’s answer to Breen, their acknowledged first alternative.