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'The legend forever' - Footballing greats pay tribute as Gerrard hangs up his boots

Big names like Kaka, Javier Zanetti and Thierry Henry joined his former team-mates in praising the ex-Liverpool and England midifielder.

AT THE AGE of 36, Steven Gerrard today announced his retirement from football.

Seen as one of the greatest English players of his generation, the ex-Liverpool midfielder β€” who spent his entire career with his hometown club with the exception of the last 18 months as an LA Galaxy player β€” won the Champions League, the Uefa Cup, two FA Cups and three league cups during a glittering 17-year professional career on Merseyside.

Unsurprisingly, several former team-mates and opponents have come out to pay tribute to Gerrard since the news broke.

Jamie Carragher

Xabi Alonso

Fernando Torres

Pepe Reina

Jordan Henderson

Thanks for everything! Good luck with whatever you decide to do next! #legend #ynwa @stevengerrard

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Michael Owen

Tim Cahill

Gary Lineker

Alan Shearer

Thierry Henry

Barcelona

Javier Zanetti

Kaka

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