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Former Liverpool Captain Steven Gerrard Announces Retirement

Prolific English midfielder, Steven Gerrard has formerly bowed out of football after a meritorious sporting career.
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Former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard has officially announced his retirement from professional football according to Skysports.
Gerrard was Liverpool’s longest-ever serving captain and made 710 appearances for his boyhood club, inspiring them to to their famous Champions League final victory over AC Milan in 2005 while also helping the Reds win the FA Cup twice (2001, 2006), the League Cup on three occasions (2001, 2003, 2012) and the UEFA Cup once (2001) during an 18-year association with the club.
At international level, Gerrard won 114 caps for England and is his country’s fourth most capped player of all time behind Peter Shilton, Wayne Rooney and David Beckham.
Over a 14-year period, he played in six major tournaments and captained England at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups as well as the 2012 European Championships.
After moving to LA Galaxy in 2015, the 36-year-old has now decided to call time on his career following their defeat in the MLS play-offs earlier this month, losing on penalties to Colorado Rapids.
Gerrard will now take time to consider his options before deciding on his next career move, having admitted this week that he spoke to MK Dons about their vacant managerial position, but felt the role had come too soon for him.
“I have had an incredible career and am thankful for each and every moment of my time at Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy,” he said in a statement.
“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 feel lucky to have experienced so many wonderful highlights over the course of my career. 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. 
 
“I feel very fortunate to have had the career I’ve had but none of it would have been possible without the support of so many people.
“I am excited about the future and feel I still have a lot to offer the game, in whatever capacity that may be. I am currently taking my time to consider a number of options and will make an announcement with regards to the next stage of my career very soon.”

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Here Is The Reason Cristiano Ronaldo May Dump Real Madrid This Summer

Reports coming from Portugal indicate that four times World Footballer of the Year, Cristiano Ronaldo, is set to dump Real Madrid.

Portuguese daily newspaper A Bola has this morning claimed the Real Madrid striker is angry at his treatment by Spanish tax authorities and has expressed his wish to leave the country.

Ronaldo denies the accusation and A Bola say the 32-year-old striker has made the “irreversible” decision to leave the club, and has informed his teammates of his intentions.

Spanish prosecutors have accused the Real Madrid footballer Cristiano Ronaldo of defrauding the authorities of 14.7 million euros in tax, an accusation Ronaldo is contesting.

He responded to the tax charges by posting a picture of himself ‘shushing’ at the camera along with the caption “Sometimes the best answer it’s to be quiet”.

“It is clear that the football player did not try to evade taxes,” Ronaldo’s Gestifute management company said.

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France Striker, Anthoine Greizmann Secretly Ties The Knot With Longtime Girlfriend

France striker Antoine Griezmann tied the knot with his long-term partner Erika Choperena in a secret ceremony at a beauty spot in Toledo, Spanish media revealed on Friday.

The 26-year-old, who last week extended his Atletico Madrid contract until 2022, met Choperena in San Sebastian when she was studying and he played at Real Sociedad.

The pair, who have a one-year-old daughter, were married Thursday afternoon at the Palacio de Galiana, a celebrated 11th-century edifice in the old Spanish capital.

Several of Griezmann’s Atletico teammates attended the ceremony including Juanfran, Koke and fellow Frenchman Kevin Gameiro.

In a short video on Griezmann’s Instagram account the player is also seen popping a champagne cork at a celebration around a pool.

“The celebration of this wedding took the media by surprise,” said Spanish daily El Mundo.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi is also due to get married later this month, with the Argentine international to wed Antonella Roccuzzo in his hometown of Rosario on June 30.

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Osaze Odemwingie Is Pleased With His Third Career Hat-trick In Club’s Big Win

Osaze Odemwingie, Former Nigeria international  is thrilled to score his third career hat-trick after he netted a treble in Madura United’s 6-0 bashing of Semen Padong.

“Great team performance today @MaduraUnitedFC !! 3 points took us to the top of Liga1 🇮🇩. Pleased with my 3rd career hat trick ⚽️⚽️⚽️🙏🏽,” Odemwingie tweeted.

He has now scored nine goals in 10 games and Madura United top the Indonesia league table with 22 points in 11 games.

Osaze’s compatriot Junior Nwokolo scored a brace in the game.

The former West Bromwich Albion forward opened the scoring in the 20th minute to give his team a 1-0 lead, he made it 3-0 in the 43rd minute to end the first half 3-0.

He made it 4-0 in the 63rd minute.

Odemwingie grew up in Russia and Nigeria and began his career with Bendel Insurance in the Nigeria Premier League. He then earned a move to European football with Belgian side La Louvière where he spent three seasons before moving to French side Lille. Odemwingie scored 26 goals for Lille which prompted Lokomotiv Moscow to pay a fee of £10 million for his services in July 2007.

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