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Steven Gerrard and Kaka.

Kaka pays tribute to Steven Gerrard with epic Istanbul tweet

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Since announcing his retirement from professional football earlier today, Steven Gerrard has been bombarded with tributes on social media.

Fernando Torres tweeted his ex-Liverpool teammate: "It's been an honour to play with you," while Xabi Alonso posted a picture of Gerrard and the Champions League trophy with the caption: "The Legend Forever."

Jamie Carragher also paid homage, tweeting: "Sad day for football when a legendary figure like Stevie Gerrard retires from the game. The good news is more nights like this!"

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Attached to the post - which you can see here - was a picture of Carragher looking a bit worse for wear alongside Gerrard and Dietmar Hamann during his younger days.

The sheer amount of messages Gerrard has received from former teammates and players only goes to show how well respected he is in world football.

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Even Brazil legend Cafu, Javier Zanetti and Iker Casillas took the time to congratulate the Liverpool legend on his glittering career.

Another football great has now paid tribute on Twitter and it's possibly the best yet.

Gerrard's finest moment in football was arguably against AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final, where his header sparked an incredible comeback from 3-0 down to win on penalties.

Kaka was part of the Milan side that suffered defeat in Istanbul and he took inspiration from the final to mark Gerrard's retirement (see below).

Alongside an image of Kaka and Gerrard holding the Champions League ball, he wrote: "We were rivals and we lived unforgettable finals. Steven Gerrard congratulations on your incredible career."

Perfect. Kaka would eventually exact revenge on the 36-year-old two years later, with Milan beating Liverpool 2-1 in the 2007 final.

The Brazilian even urged Gerrard to join him at the San Siro once upon a time.

UEFA Champions League Final - AC Milan v Liverpool

He said in 2009: "A cycle is ending. The time has arrived to re-energise a group which has many players at the end of their contracts.

"If it was up to me, I would take someone like Gerrard, who for me is a complete player and can play anywhere. I could see him fitting in really well at Milan."

Imagine that: Gerrard alongside Kaka in midfield.

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Steven Gerrard
UEFA Champions League
Kaka
Luis Suarez
Football
Fernando Torres
AC Milan
Liverpool
Premier League

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