A Liverpool legend hung up his boots earlier this season. Steven Gerrard was one of the greatest midfielders in Premier League history.
But don’t take my word for it, here’s a few people who know way more about football than I ever will waxing lyrical about Stevie G.
“The biggest compliment I can give him is he is second only to Zinedine Zidane in terms of his world-class status.” – Michael Owen
“I have never seen such a complete midfielder.” – Claudio Marchisio
“For the job he performs, he is one of the greatest.” – Ronaldinho
“I can’t think of a striker in the world who has scored so many important goals, never mind a midfielder.” – Thierry Henry
“He has become the most influential player in England, bar none. Not that Vieira lacks anything, but Gerrard does more.” – Sir Alex Ferguson
“He is undoubtedly one of the best midfield players in the world.” – Carlo Ancelotti
“I’d have to say Steven Gerrard has been the biggest influence in my career so far. I watched him when I was younger and then to go and play and train with him every day is massive for me, and still is now.” – Jordan Henderson
“I think of him as being at the same level as Pirlo. Vision, technique, but he is powerful as well. Stevie can do anything. It’s going to be very difficult to find another player like him in the future.” – Mario Balotelli
“I am a huge fan of Steven Gerrard, He has the heart of a lion. He is a player I would like to have in my team.” – Kaka
“Steven Gerrard is the best player I’ve ever played with.” – Luis Suarez
“He is without doubt the greatest player I have ever played with, he has everything. At Liverpool, he is irreplaceable.” – Fernando Torres
“Steven Gerrard would be the captain of my World XI dream team.” – Francesco Totti
“I heard what Alex Ferguson said about him being better than me. He’s probably right.” – Patrick Vieira
“Is he the best in the world? He might not get the attention of Messi and Ronaldo but yes, I think he just might be.” – Zinedine Zidane