During his time with in Belgrade, his team performed above expectations, even reaching the semi-finals of the 2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup.
After two years of playing in Serbia's top division, Ivanović was courting interest from clubs across Europe.
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In January 2008, Ivanović was signed by Premier League side Chelsea for a £9 million fee.
He won nine major honours with Chelsea, including three Premier League titles, three FA Cups, one League Cup, the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.
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In January 2004 he transferred to top division side OFK Beograd.
Two years later, he moved to Russia to play for Lokomotiv Moscow in the Russian Premier League, where he would spend two seasons, winning his first honour, the 2007 Russian Cup.
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He returned to Russia in February 2017, joining Zenit on a free transfer.
Ivanović was first capped for Serbia in June 2005, and has since earned 100 caps and scored 12 goals for his country.
Overall, he made 377 appearances and scored 34 goals, making him one of only five foreign players to appear in over 300 matches for the club and putting him behind only John Terry in terms of goals scored by a defender for Chelsea.