Steven Gerrard, former Liverpool and England captain, announced his retirement on Thursday. The 36-year-old is undoubtedly the best mid-fielder England has ever had in the past two decades and has been the greatest player ever to play for Liverpool.
He played for the Reds 710 times while represented England in 114 fixtures throughout his career, before making a move to LA Galaxy in 2015. At his peak, Gerrard was the most talented mid-fielder in the world and it is no secret that a number of opponents had been in awe of the mid-field maestro. Here we look at 10 famous quotes ever made on Steven Gerrard by his compatriots:
Sir Alex Ferguson- “He has become the most influential player in England, bar none. Not that Vieira lacks anything, but Gerrard does more. He’s got that unbelievable engine, desire, determination. Anyone would love to have Gerrard in their team.”
To which Patrick Vieria replied– “I heard what Alex Ferguson said about him being better than me. He’s probably right.”
Thierry Henry- “If you look at all the important goals he’s scored – well I can’t even think of a striker in the world who has scored as many important goals, never mind a midfielder.”
Ronaldinho- “For me, in the position he plays, he is one of the very best in the world. For the job he performs, for me he is one of the greatest.”
Jose Mourinho- “Steven Gerrard is for sure one of my favourite enemies – an enemy with all the good feeling I can express with that word in football. For sure, in England he is my dear enemy. For sure, he is the one that made me a better manager. To stop him or try and stop him has been very, very difficult. I tried to bring him to Chelsea, I tried to bring him to Inter, I tried to bring him to Real Madrid but he was always a dear enemy.”
Wayne Rooney- “I’d have to say Stevie [was the best]. For me he’s an incredible player, an incredible leader. He helped me a lot during my early days with England.”
Pele- “Gerrard is an excellent player, absolutely world-class. If I was a manager, everywhere I went I would buy Steven Gerrard. He is always looking forward and has a big heart.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic- “I think Steven Gerrard is a fantastic player. He has been loyal to his club, he has won some big trophies with the club. He feels more an international player rather than a normal English player.”
“Every time we play against Steven, the coach always says to be careful with that player because he is the player who makes the difference.”
Zinedine Zidane- “Is he the best in the world? He might not get the attention of (Lionel) Messi and Ronaldo but yes, I think he just might be.”
Paolo Maldini- “His story is one of those stories to be told, one of those fairytales – just like it happened to me – to be narrated to your children and grandchildren.”
Francesco Totti- “Gerrard is a complete player because he can play in every position and can do everything with a football at any time in a game. He’s a player who scores goals, who builds the play, he’s a sensational player. Steven Gerrard would be the captain of my World XI dream team.”
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