Bengaluru, Nov 24: Liverpool legend and England football team captain Steven Gerrard has officially announced his retirement from professional football.
It is an end of an era as a 19-year long football career comes to an end. The talismanic midfielder decides to hang up his boots after spending a season with Major League Soccer side La Galaxy.
A lifelong Liverpool fan and a loyal servant, Gerrard had spent 18 years of his club career at Anfield. He had several offers from several top European clubs but nothing could lure the legend who remained at Liverpool.
At Liverpool, Gerrard appeared in a total of 948 matches scoring 191 goals. He remained the club captain for 12 consecutive seasons since 2003.
Steven Gerrard played for the England national football team for 15 years and had earned 114 international caps scoring 21 goals.
After his official announcement, BBC quoted Gerrard: "I feel lucky to have experienced so many wonderful highlights over the course of my career.
"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.
"I am proud to have played over 700 games for Liverpool, many of which as captain, and to have played my part in helping the club to bring major honours back to Anfield, none more so than that famous night in Istanbul.
"At an international level, I feel privileged to have won 114 England caps and to have had the honour of captaining my country. I will always look back with great pride at every time I pulled on the England shirt."