Steven George Gerrard MBE (born 30 May 1980) is an English professional football manager and former player who manages Scottish Premiership club Rangers.
He spent the majority of his playing career as a central midfielder for Liverpool, with most of that time spent as club captain, as well as captaining the England national team. Widely regarded as one of the greatest midfielders of all time,
Gerrard was awarded the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year award in 2005, and the Ballon d'Or Bronze Award. In 2009, Zinedine Zidane and Pelé said that they considered Gerrard to be the best footballer in the world.
West Ham manager Alan Pardew has praised Steven Gerrard's classy gesture after the 2006 FA Cup final.Since then, the Reds have only reached the final of the competition on one other occasion before Jurgen Klopp's men walk out at Wembley this afternoon.
West Ham were holding onto a 3-2 lead going into the final stages of the game.The former Liverpool skipper then put his laces through the ball, with his outrageous strike arrowing into the bottom corner.
That screamer, along with Gerrard's other goal in the final, gave the Reds the platform to eventually go on and win the game on penalties.Alan Pardew, who was the Hammers boss at the time, has said he still has "what if" moments about the final, but revealed a classy gesture from Gerrard which still stays with his today, as The Sun reports.
Speaking on what happened after the final whistle, Pardew said: "He was very humble to me after the game."He knew we had come so close.Read more on dailystar.co.uk