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'Baller. Leader. Legend' - GAA stars pay tribute to Declan O'Sullivan

“An honour to have soldiered with him,” wrote Marc Ó Sé.

Image: Cathal Noonan

LEADER. WARRIOR. GENIUS.

These are just some of the words that have been used to describe Declan O’Sullivan following his decision to retire from inter-county football.

The Kerry star, who captained the Kingdom to back-to-back All-Irelands in 2006 and 2007, went out on a high after collecting his fifth Celtic Cross against Donegal in September.

“Dec Sullivan was never about the size of the dog in the fight, but all about the fight in the dog,” wrote former team-mate Mike Quirke. “No end to him.

Baller. Leader. Legend.

Tribute were also paid from outside the Kingdom with Dublin’s Barry Cahill describing him as “a brilliant player” and “such a natural footballer”.

Laois forward Craig Rogers wrote: “One of my top 3 favourite players ever! He knew how to control a game; vision, pace, accuracy and teamwork.”

Here’s some of the reaction:

Declan O’Sullivan calls it a day after glittering Kerry career

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