Wayne Rooney, Manchester United
Once the golden boy of England and Manchester United, Wayne Rooney has undoubtedly reached something of a crossroads in his career.
Booed by his own fans as England endured a miserable World Cup in 2010, and booed again as United took to the streets of Manchester on Monday to celebrate winning this season's Premier League crown.
Without question, he remains a first choice for Roy Hodgson when it comes to leading the line with the national team, but that surely says more about the paucity of talent that England can call upon, as his recent goal scoring record for the three Lions is not what you might expect from someone heralded as the Golden Boy of his era.
Events at Old Trafford in recent days, with the outgoing Sir Alex Ferguson omitting Rooney from his squad altogether for Sunday's win over Swansea and then revealing that Rooney had asked to leave the club, leave his future very much up in the air.
One national newspaper reported on Tuesday that the incoming United manager David Moyes had met with Ferguson and United stalwart Ryan Giggs on Monday to discuss Rooneys future with Moyes later stated that "Rooney is one of the greatest players in the world right now."
It would certainly benefit Moyes to sing the praises of his former charge at Everton, as an on-form Rooney would benefit any side in the world - the problem is that Rooney has lost "his fizz" and match-winning performances are becoming increasingly few and far between.
Robin Van Persie has usurped him at United, where once he was the first name on the team sheet - and proof of that is that Rooney no longer leads the line, but is switched around from the middle of the park, to the wing and then as a secondary striker. It's for this very reason that he's requested a switch away from the Theatre of Dreams.
Much has been made of where he might go with Bayern Munich and Paris Saint Germain supposedly leading the clamour for his signature, although with both teams having won their respective titles with talent like Mario Mandzukic, Mario Gomez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ezequiel Lavezzi, it's hard to see how Rooneys situation would change at either of those clubs. Particularly if as expected Robert Lewandowki joins Bayern and PSG snap up Edinson Cavani or Radmael Falco.
Indeed the decision might well be out of his own hands - David Moyes may well persuade him to stay at Old Trafford but another indifferent season might force the Scotsman's hand. The best thing Rooney can do for now is to knuckle down and try and recapture the form that made him the sought after player that he is.
If that means re-inventing himself into a replacement for the retiring Paul Scholes then so be it - but you can't help but feel that the world is no longer Rooney's oyster - more like he is a biggish fish in a very big pond that may have outgrown his environment and is swimming against the current.
His destiny you sense, is no longer in his own hands, and for somebody who has so much ability, that has to be a very daunting prospect.