Steven Gerrard retires, ending remarkable playing career

Steven Gerrard’s career is over. The Liverpool legend, who spent the last two years with the LA Galaxy, has announced his retirement.

"Following recent media speculation surrounding my future I can confirm my retirement from playing professional football," Gerrard said.

"I have had an incredible career and am thankful for each and every moment of my time at Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy.

"As a teenager I fulfilled my childhood dream by pulling on the famous red shirt of Liverpool, and when I made my debut against Blackburn Rovers in November 1998 I could never have imagined what would then follow over the next 18 years."

Gerrard played an astonishing 710 matches for Liverpool, none more famous than the 2005 Champions League final. Liverpool trailed 3-0 at halftime, but Gerrard scored just after the break, beginning a comeback that saw the Reds get even before winning in penalty kicks. Gerrard, who captained Liverpool in that final, was named Man of the Match.

In addition to the Champions League title, Gerrard also helped Liverpool win two FA Cups and a UEFA Cup.