Steven Gerrard, Liverpool legend retired from professional football after 19-years long journey as a player. He debuted for Liverpool on November 29, 1998. He opted against extending his contract with the MLS side earlier this month.
The 36-year-old champion, Gerrard retired after 710 appearances for Liverpool, 114 appearances for England and winning eight major trophies, including a Champions League.
Gerrard said that “Following recent media speculation surrounding my future I can confirm my retirement from playing professional football. I have had an incredible career and am thankful for each and every moment of my time at Liverpool, England and LA Galax.”
Gerrard thanked the Liverpool Football Club and all fans. He said that he was proud play and captain Liverpool. He played alongside some great players and under some fantastic managers thanked every one of them including backroom staff.
Gerrard said that “I would like to say a special thank you to Steve Heighway, Dave Shannon and Hugh McAuley for believing in me when I was making my way at and for giving me the platform to go on and fulfil my dreams.”
“I would like to thank Struan Marshall, my agent throughout my career, and the team at Wasserman for all of their support over the past 18 years.”
Gerrard also made 114 appearances for England. He will be known as the fourth most-capped senior player. His first cap came in May 2000 and his last as captain as England played Costa Rica in the 2014 World Cup.
The former midfielder was last seen as a pundit on BT Sport. It is also believed that he has managerial aspirations. Gerrard concluded by thanking his family. He thanked his Mum, Dad and brother Paul for their unconditional support. He thanked his wife Alex and children Lily, Lexie and Lourdes for their constant love and support.
We thank Gerrard for the amazing football memories. We still remember “Gerrard Final” of 2006 FA Cup and 2005 Champions League final. His captainship and amazing football skills will be missed on the field.