By Tom Blackburn
John Arne Riise announced his retirement from football on Monday – and Twitter immediately looked back on his career with fondness.
The left-back is Norway’s most capped player and was part of Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League-winning side, but has cancelled his contract at Norwegian side Aalesund with immediate effect.
The left-back made 339 appearances for Liverpool, and alongside the Champions League win, he also won the FA cup and the League Cup before joining Roma in 2008.
In his blog, the Norwegian wrote: “My inner, secret goal was to play football at the Norwegian top level until I was 40.
“It’s not going to happen. It ends here. This body – this head – has been through so much over 20 years.”
Riise returned to England for a spell with Fulham between 2011 and 2014, before eventually joining boyhood club Aalesund in March.
Famed for his thunderous left boot, Riise scored a number of memorable goals – none more so than a free kick rocket against rivals Manchester United in 2001.
That free-kick instantly made Riise a fans favourite and a chant to the tune of Hey Baby by DJ Otzi was sang from Anfield Cop about him (see the third tweet).
Less than a week after fellow legend Daniel Agger retired, fans took to Twitter to reminisce about his career, and that free kick.
In other Liverpool news, a defender has revealed he has signed a Liverpool contract.