'A legend', 'a great' and 'an inspiration' - sports stars react to Gerrard's retirement
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...
Hoy anuncia que se retira una leyenda del fútbol! Un líder dentro y fuera del campo, enorme Steven Gerrard! pic.twitter.com/CjX3dn2bLB-- Iker Casillas (@IkerCasillas) November 24, 2016
Gerrard a football legend!!! Great career. All the best in the future. #lfc-- Moeen Ali (@MoeenAli) November 24, 2016
Y.N.W.A pic.twitter.com/9GRZOgLjkD-- Daniel Agger (@DanielAgger) November 24, 2016
The Legend Forever. pic.twitter.com/0spWLyP1JY-- Xabi Alonso (@XabiAlonso) 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
My biggest sporting inspiration growing up, thanks for the memories! pic.twitter.com/MnmtjUVgTJ-- KJT (@JohnsonThompson) 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
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
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
Legend. pic.twitter.com/UiKRpvQ6ny-- Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 24, 2016