Super Eagles goalkeeper Carl Ikeme on Friday announced his retirement from football.
Following his announcement, tributes have been pouring in for the former Wolverhampton Wanderers shot-stopper, particularly from footballers lovers across the world and his teammates.
Ikeme was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in July 2017, and he recently announced that he was in remission.
Jeff Shi, Wolves executive chairman, described Ikeme as a brother and an integral part of the club.
“Having been at the club since the age of 14, Carl is far more than just a player in our eyes – he is our brother and an important part of our family,” Shi said.
Here are some tributes posted on Twitter:
— Wolves (@Wolves) July 27, 2018
Wishing you all the very best in the next chapter of your life, Carl 💪🏼
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) July 27, 2018
Super Eagles goalkeeper @Carl_Ikeme who was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in July last year has announced his retirement from football.
A picture @Isiokpobabe and I took with him in Port Harcourt in September 2015 before the 2017 AFCON qualifier against Chad.
Thanks Carl!! pic.twitter.com/PP5alQXmcZ
— Queen john (@Queenjohn4) July 27, 2018
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) July 27, 2018
— QPR FC (@QPR) July 27, 2018
It has been a privilege to share a dressing room with you @Carl_Ikeme through it all.
Its been a blast, on & off the field and you have been an inspiration through it all.
Shown such strength to be where you are today, wish you all the best mate in your next chapter #wwfc #1CI pic.twitter.com/DikLJeCeiw
— Danny Batth 'Bart' (@Danny_Batth) July 27, 2018
— ACLSports (@acl_sports) July 27, 2018
Nigerian Super Eagles' goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme has announced his retirement from football following his 12-month battle with Acute Leukamia. Best wishes Carl #GOtvNews
— GOtv Nigeria (@GOtvNg) July 27, 2018
Six clean sheets in nine games ✔️
Never lost any competitive game played with @NGSuperEagles ✔️
— Fisayo Dairo (@FisayoDairo) July 27, 2018
I’m privileged and proud to have played along side you and been apart of your @Wolves journey!
— Dave Edwards (@_DaveEdwards) July 27, 2018
It's been a pleasure having you in the EFL, @Carl_Ikeme.
— EFL (@EFL) July 27, 2018
What an honour it was to be a teammate of this big wonderful guy, but to be able to call him a friend aswell is even better. All the best in retirement bro enjoy every minute of it ❤️ @Carl_Ikeme pic.twitter.com/4Os3jjt7BD
— Aaron McCarey (@mccareyA1) July 27, 2018
— Middlesbrough FC (@Boro) July 27, 2018
thank you. gentle Sir. for every thing you did as a Nigerian and super Eagle..whatever you get up to next will be just as great. Thank you Nous Ami…👊👏👏
— MykeE (@MykeE139) July 27, 2018
Such a fine gentleman and goalie. The Sporting World will miss him
— Akin Adewakun (@AdewakunAkin) July 27, 2018
Good luck to the big man @Carl_Ikeme in his retirement. Was a pleasure to work with you. Easily the best keeper Iv ever worked with but more importantly a great man..honest, Humble, Hardworking. A true gent. Enjoy been with your beautiful family x
— Andrew Lonergan (@lonners24) July 27, 2018
Nigeria and Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has announced his retirement from professional football on medical advice.
— Ebuka Akara (@ebuka_akara) July 27, 2018
Sometimes you meet players who make your life so much easier, & so much more enjoyable.From both sides of the media fence, @Carl_Ikeme was one of those guys. He should be hugely proud of his career, & how he has inspired people over the last 12 months. Enjoy 'retirement' pal! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/1N9QARnOW3
— Paul Berry (@paulberry2303) July 27, 2018
— chinsley🌍🇳🇬 (@SwitchManOffl) July 27, 2018
Dear Carl..we all take great lessons and inspiration from your excellent 👌🏿 interview I am touched by your humbleness and courage ..you have not lost your smile..”it always seems impossible until it’s done”keep well Carl🙏🏿 @Carl_Ikeme https://t.co/j07DBx4ANY
— Anthony Baffoe (@AnthonyBaffoe) July 27, 2018