Former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard formally ended his playing career on Thursday, at the age of 36.
The midfielder left LA Galaxy at the end of their 2016 season, and rather than take up one of the many offers he had to prolong his playing career, Gerrard has instead decided to call it a day.
Naturally, former Liverpool teammates have been lining up to pay tribute to their former captain – some of whom went were by his side at his crowning glory, the Champions League final win in 2005, while others were there for the periods that were not quite so laden with trophies.
The Legend Forever. pic.twitter.com/0spWLyP1JY
— Xabi Alonso (@XabiAlonso) November 24, 2016
— Daniel Agger (@DanielAgger) November 24, 2016
— FERNANDO TORRES (@Torres) November 24, 2016
We started at Liverpool together at 11. He was brilliant then. He went on to be world class. Liverpool’s greatest player. Congrats Stevie G.
— michael owen (@themichaelowen) November 24, 2016
The best player I have ever played with! Thanks for everything mate??Mr Captain Fantastic ??? pic.twitter.com/eycltUyZXi
— John Arne Riise (@JARiiseOfficial) November 24, 2016
— Djibril Cisse (@DjibrilCisse) November 24, 2016
Thanks for all the years that we worked together.
I am sure you will be successful in whatever you do from now on.
YNWA captain !!! pic.twitter.com/4RG4GEg2gW
— Lucas Leiva (@LucasLeiva87) November 24, 2016
It’s been an honor to play alongside you amigo!! Always an example on and off the pitch!great moments together!THANKS FOR EVERYTHING LEGEND! pic.twitter.com/DjFNMKL38K
— Pepe Reina (@PReina25) November 24, 2016
Congratulations Steven gerrard incredible career club and country,privilege to have played with and against you,enjoy some golf ⛳️ now
— Chris Kirkland (@ChrisKirkland43) November 24, 2016
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— Dirk Kuyt (@Kuyt) November 24, 2016
— Luis Garcia (@LuchoGarcia14) November 24, 2016
Congratulations to Steven Gerrard on an unbelievable playing career. Was an honour to play alongside him, one of the best ever.
— Charlie Adam (@Charlie26Adam) November 24, 2016
Thank You For the inspiration Steve ?? and all that u have done for football pic.twitter.com/pw28PMliy2
— Ryan Babel (@Ryanbabel) November 24, 2016
Steven Gerrard simply the best player I ever played with .
— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) November 24, 2016
Former opponents even started getting in on the act, such was their admiration for the player:
— Javier Zanetti (@javierzanetti) November 24, 2016
— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) November 24, 2016
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) November 24, 2016
Steven Gerrard Congratulations on an amazing career. A player I respect on and off the field. One of the best players I’ve played against ?? pic.twitter.com/Q5zFmMeVhs
— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) November 24, 2016
While his country, club and sporting bodies also all sent messages of congratulations to Gerrard upon his retirement:
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 24, 2016
— Premier League (@premierleague) November 24, 2016
Steven Gerrard retires
Caps as skipper: 3⃣8⃣
Major tournaments played in: 6⃣
— England (@England) November 24, 2016
— PFA (@PFA) November 24, 2016
It is unknown at this time what direction Gerrard’s post-football career will go in. He has already turned down one offer, as manager of League One side MK Dons, and while he will probably get others in the near future, for the time being he seems happy to continue in his role as a pundit for BT Sport.