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Soccer world lauds retiring Gerrard on Twitter

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Jordan Henderson, Alan Shearer, and Sergio Ramos are among stars past and present taking a moment to laud the career of Steven Gerrard following his retirement Thursday.

Gerrard, 36, called time on his playing career after 17 years with Liverpool and two more with the LA Galaxy.

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Teammates and rivals alike joined the parade of folks admiring Gerrard, with longtime Everton midfielder Tim Cahill joining former Reds stars Pepe Reina and Michael Owen in issuing Twitter love.

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Beat-up Bellamy turns down English, MLS interest, retiring at 34

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Mercurial, tenacious forward Craig Bellamy has retired from soccer at age 34, saying “I‘ve had to listen to my body.”

An antagonist in every sense of the word, Bellamy has played all over the English map. Beginning with Coventry City in 2000, he’s suited up for Newcastle, Blackburn, Liverpool, West Ham, Manchester City, Liverpool again and Cardiff City.

No stint lasted longer than the 93 appearances he made with Newcastle, scoring 28 goals between 2001-2005.

But his style betrayed his body, and his last four years do not sound like they’ve been fun. From the BBC:

“I guess over the years I’ve become accustomed to the pain from various injuries,” said Bellamy. “But for the last three to four years I’ve been on anti-inflammatories every day.

“I’m not sure my body will think that’s a wise thing in due course, but it kept me playing for that period. However, the time has come to stand aside and say enough. My body can’t take anymore.”

Bellamy says he’ll not pursue a coaching career after turning down several opportunities to play in the England and United States.