Steven Gerrard has received many tributes following his retirement from football.
Yet the tributes seem not to be ending soon for a legend that played for almost two decades. The 36-year old announced his retirement after his side Los Angeles Galaxy were knocked out of the MLS play-offs. On social media, fans and former teammates sent in their tributes to the former Three Lions and Reds skipper.
Xabi Alonso, a former Liverpool midfielder, shared a picture of the player with the famous 2005 Champions League trophy. The Bayern Munich star added the caption: “The Legend Forever” to the picture shared on his Twitter handle.
La Liga highest goal scorer last term Luis Suarez, who used to play for Liverpool prior to his move to Spain, took to his Twitter handle to share his tribute.
“To a captain. To a team mate. To a friend. I got to Liverpool, a historic club, coming from another historic club. And amongst my team mate, Steven Gerrard. A model at the club, in the Premier League and outside the Championship as well. He shrunk the field on defence, was a great shooter and a great goalscorer and was a very skilled passer. A unique player indeed,” Suarez wrote.
Suarez added that Gerrard was “a true leader”, “a natural winner and an ambitious player.” Suarez’s tribute was touching as the Uruguay international shared details of how Gerrard helped him during his trying times at Anfield.
Fernando Torres joined in, sharing a picture of Gerrard and him celebrating. The Atletico Madrid player shared on Instagram: “The best player I’ve seen on a football pitch and the best player I’ve play (sic) with. Thank you for everything @ stevengerrard , the memories I have playing together wil last forever as the best memories of my career. You will always be the #gr8est. All the best mate.”
Other stars like Jamie Carragher, Thierry Henry, Tim Cahill, John Terry, John Arse Riise and a host of others sent in their tributes even as the next step for the player remain private.