“Nobody’s journey ever goes smoothly,” Gerrard said.
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Steven Gerrard, who retired from professional football Thursday, will be remembered almost as much for his agonizing near-misses as he will for his extraordinary achievements.The 36-year-old captained hometown club Liverpool for 12 years, famously lifting the Champions League trophy in 2005 after an unforgettable comeback against AC Milan.Gerrard endured more than his fair share of disappointment after inspiring Liverpool to glory in the 2006 FA Cup, with the 2012 League Cup the only major honor he won subsequently.From the header that sparked the comeback to end all comebacks against Milan in Istanbul, to the jaw-dropping 35-yard thunderbolt against West Ham United that took the 2006 FA Cup final to extra time, Gerrard swaggered through his Anfield career with the audacity of a comic book hero.Unlike Beckham, Gerrard shied away from the celebrity lifestyle.
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