Steven Gerrard has paid tribute to Lucas Leiva, who retired from football at the age of 36, noting an “incredible career” but “an even better guy.”
Lucas’ tearful statement that his “health comes first” came last week, a few months after routine checks during the preseason revealed irregularities in his heart.
In further tests, Lucas will decide to retire from professional football after 583 games for Gremio, Liverpool and Lazio.
The confirmation of this news was met with widespread love for the Brazilian, and people like Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Martin Skrtel paid tribute.
And since then, Gerrard has followed him, praising the “Brazilian scouser” from Liverpool in an Instagram post.
“Brazilian scouser @leivalucas, what an incredible career and an even better guy,” Gerrard wrote.
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“It’s nice to share the locker room with you, great memories. Enjoy your retirement and see you at the charity games! Good luck, amigo.”
Commenting on Gerrard’s post, Lucas thanked his former captain, writing: “Thank you, friend, it was a pleasure to play with you. See you soon, Captain.”
Gerrard and Lucas have shared the field at Liverpool 186 times in eight years, with the Brazilian scoring the captain four times.
Gerrard reciprocated once, and it could be considered a collector’s item, since Lucas scored only seven times during his career at the Reds, which lasted ten years.
What a sight it will be to see this couple together at a charity match in the future, two independent heroes of Liverpool.