Former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard announced his retirement from professional football on Thursday at the age of 36.
Gerrard spent 17 years at Liverpool, 12 as captain, and won seven major honours including the 2005 Champions League before finishing his career with an 18-month stint at LA Galaxy.
“Following recent media speculation surrounding my future, I can confirm my retirement from playing professional football,” Gerrard said in a statement.
“I have had an incredible career and am thankful for each and every moment of my time at Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy.”
Gerrard has made 710 appearance and scored 185 goals for Liverpool after joining the club as an eight-year-old schoolboy.
His greatest moment in a Liverpool shirt was when he helped to inspire their dramatic comeback win over AC Milan in the Champions League final in 2005.
However, he suffered disappointment in May 2014 when Liverpool missed out on the Premier League title. They faltered late in the campaign when they appeared poised to become English champions for the first time since 1990.