How many of you had goosebumps when commentators went mad on Gerrard’s goal? How many times have you seen a stunner from Gerrard when your team needed it the most? One of the best goalscoring midfielders of the generation, a Liverpool hero, an English legend, Steven Gerrard retired this season. It’s been a while since he hung his boots, but it’s impossible to forget how great player he was. It wouldn’t be wrong to call him the most decorated English midfielder alongside the likes of Paul Scholes and Frank Lampard.
It’s an irony that Gerrard never won a league title, but he always deserved one. He was attracted by huge clubs all around the Europe, and he would have fit to any of them with his amazing attributes. He was such a loyal player to his club and always fought for his club rather than moving to other teams. He guided Liverpool to Champions league glory in Istanbul on 2005 scoring on the dramatic final against Milan after going 3-0 down at halftime. He also won Europa league on his early days at the club and bagged two FA cups and three league cups during his Liverpool career. The number of titles he won doesn’t depict how amazing player he was during his prime.
Playing from the heart of the midfield he not only won the hearts of Liverpool fans, but he was also the best among the player he played with or against.
Recently on Sky Sports, Frank Lampard was asked about three best midfielders he competed against. He answered,”Steven Gerrard, in the Premier League. He had everything. If you got him on his day, you could almost forget about it because he was so powerful.”
Legendary footballer Pele once said in an interview with Sky Sports: The fans, they look only for forwards, always a forward. Somebody who scores. Sometimes you have a player like Gerrard. For me, for the last five years, Gerrard has been the best player in the world. He is a midfielder, he plays very good. People didn’t mention Gerrard, now they mention Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Messi because they are forwards.
What else do you need to know when the maestro of football had his say on Gerrard?
Mourinho on Gerrard: 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.
Steven Gerrard started his career playing for Liverpool in 1998 and played for 17 years for his boyhood club, with the majority of his Liverpool career as their captain.He scored 186 goals for Liverpool, 120 of them coming in the Premier League. On 2015 he left Liverpool and joined MLS and played for two seasons. He scored 5 goals for MLS side LA Galaxy. He didn’t have much success with national team too although England had some best players in the world. He has 114 caps and scored 21 times for his national team. He retired from international football on 2014 soon after the World Cup debacle.
Although his trophy collection is not a huge one, his personal career was really successful. He was named as PFA team of the year for 8 times out of 17 times. Other major honors include:
Liverpool Player of The Season: 4
UEFA Team of The Year: 3
England Player of the Year award: 2
FIFA Pro World XI: 3
He was also the Man of the Match in the Champions League final in 2005 and was also honored as UEFA best club Footballer of The Year in 2005.
Steven Gerrard, a name in the world football, which is rarely hated by anyone. No matter which club you support or which country you belong, you can’t hate him as a football fan. You can’t hate such person, you can only enjoy them when they play and thank them for the beautiful memories they create.
Thank You, Steven Gerrard!