'A legend', 'a great' and 'an inspiration' - sports stars react to Gerrard's retirement

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The likes of Fernando Torres, Michael Owen and Xabi Alonso paid tribute to Steven Gerrard after the former Liverpool and England captain announced his retirement on Thursday.

Gerrard, whose playing days ended with a spell in MLS with LA Galaxy, looks set to go into coaching after an illustrious career which included a UEFA Cup, two FA Cups and a famous Champions League triumph against AC Milan in 2005.

As news of Gerrard's retirement broke, former team-mates, opponents and stars from other sports took to social media to honour the 36-year-old.

One ex colleague even paid homage in the form of a quote from the film Gladiator...