Steven George Gerrard, born May 30, 1980 in Whiston, a suburb of Liverpool, is a former English international footballer who has spent most of his career in his training club Liverpool before concluding his career at Los Angeles Galaxy.
Gerrard debuted at Liverpool in 1998, securing his first-team spot in 2000 and succeeding Sami Hyypiä as captain of the team in 2003. His record includes two England Cups, three League Cups, a Champions League, a UEFA Cup and two European Supercups. In 2005, Gerrard was third in the vote for the Ballon d’Or.
Gerrard made his international debut in 2000 and represented England at the 2000 and 2004 European Championships as well as at the 2006 World Cup where he is the team’s top scorer with two goals. Gerrard wins the captaincy of his country for the first time at the 2010 World Cup in the absence of the usual captain Rio Ferdinand, who misses the tournament due to injury1. He is again named captain of England for Euro 2012.
Gerrard is considered one of the greatest English footballers of all time. His vision of the game, his passes, crosses, strikes, panache and loyalty to Liverpool make him a legend among the Reds. He came first in front of Kenny Dalglish for “100 Players Who Shook The Kop”, a vote by Liverpool2 supporters. Zinédine Zidane declares in 2009 that he considers Gerrard as one of the best footballers in the world. In 2010, The Guardian named Gerrard in his eleven ideal that compiles the greatest footballers of all time in a single team.
While the England team was eliminated in the first round of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Steven Gerrard decided on July 21, 2014 to end his international career to devote himself only to his club Liverpool who find the Champions League. Author of 21 goals in 114 selections, Stevie G ranks 3rd of the most capped players in England behind David Beckham (115) and Peter Shilton (125). Michael Owen paid tribute to his former teammate in Liverpool for six years (1998-2004) “In my career, I have had the chance to play alongside the greatest footballers of my generation, and the best compliment that I I can say to Stevie that in my eyes he is the second best player behind Zinedine Zidane in terms of world class, “said the former striker.
End of career in the United States (2015-2016)
After almost twenty years as a professional at the Reds, Steven Gerrard joined the American franchise of Los Angeles Galaxy and will play in Major League Soccer during the 2015 season. His transfer is official in January 2015, but he leaves Liverpool at the end of the 2014-201570 season. He played his first official match with Los Angeles on July 15, 2015 against Real Salt Lake (1-0 defeat) in the quarterfinals of the US Cup, he then came into play in the 46th minute of play in replacement of Ignacio Maganto. On July 18, 2015, he played his first game in the league against the San Jose Earthquakes (5-2 win), where he was decisive three times, first getting a penalty converted by Robbie Keane and then delivering his first decisive pass, again for the Irish, before registering his first goal on American soil.
On October 22, 2016, he announced via his Instagram account leave the club.