Many know this man for his prowess on the football field, but for us here at Mummyfique, it’s what family means to him and how relatable he is that makes him our dad crush of the week.
After a star-studded 19-year career, former England and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is hanging up his cleats and taking a break from the spotlight.
Following recent media speculation surrounding my future I can confirm my retirement from playing professional football.I have had an incredible career and am thankful for each and every moment of my time at Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy. 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. Firstly, I would like to thank everyone at Liverpool Football Club. I am proud to have played for and captained Liverpool for so many years and to have achieved what we achieved during my time at the club. I was lucky to play alongside some great players and under some fantastic managers during my time at Anfield and would like to thank each and every one of them, as well as all of the backroom staff at the club for the fantastic support they showed me. I would like to say a special thank you to Steve Heighway, Dave Shannon and Hugh McAuley for believing in me when I was making my way at Liverpool and for giving me the platform to go on and fulfil my dreams. Thank you to the amazing fans of Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy for the incredible backing you have given me throughout my career. Your loyalty and support has meant the world. I would like to thank Struan Marshall, my agent throughout my career, and the team at Wasserman for all of their support over the past 18 years. I feel lucky to have had such a close group of friends that I have always been able to count and rely on throughout the course of my career. Thank you to all of you. Finally, the most important thank you; to my family. I cannot thank my Mum, Dad and brother Paul enough for their unconditional support over the years, it has meant everything to me. To my wife Alex and children Lily, Lexie and Lourdes, thank you for the constant love and support you’ve shown me. You’ve been there through the good times and the bad and without you nothing would have been possible. Thank you for everything. I am excited about the future and feel I still have a lot to offer the game. 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.
Gerrard would definitely be going down as a legend. His name rings a bell even to those unfamiliar with the game, and his talent has earned him praise from his fellow team mates and players.
Including a personal dedication from fellow legend David Beckham.
This day was always going to come but it's still sad to see one of the greatest midfielders in the game retire… It was a pleasure to captain a national team knowing we had Stevie in our midfield and also a pleasure to have played against him despite this challenge he was a good friend on and off the field … A player that can run , pass , tackle , head , set up goals and score goals a true all rounder .. Good luck to Stevie and his beautiful family … @england @stevengerrard
Who, by the looks of it, he considers a great friend.
From Liverpool to LA Galaxy, Steven has had a wonderful, eventful career and he will definitely be missed on the pitch!
His dream of wanting to play for the Reds started when he was just a lad aged 12.
Fast forward a few decades and he has his own family with model and fashion columnist Alexandra “Alex” Gerrard.
Daughters Lilly-Ella, Lexie and Lourdes are the apples of his eye, and make frequent appearances on his Instagram account. Like any other dad, Halloween, shopping trips and of course the huge milestone of your child’s first day of school are all documented.
His gorgeous girls made appearances on the pitch as well.
Of course, being the daughters of one of England’s legends definitely comes with perks such as meeting Russell Crowe and It Girl Cara Delevingne.
He is an avid supporter of kids playing football, which isn’t a surprise.
Steven goes out of his way to help charities as well, by auctioning off his autographed jerseys, and visiting ill children in hospital.
Whatever’s up next for this legend, we’re sure this isn’t the last we’ve seen of him.
For last week’s dad crush, click here.