Watford fans have paid tribute to goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes after what may be his last appearance at Vicarage Road.
The Brazilian goalkeeper revealed to the club’s official website earlier this week that he was “99% sure” he would retire in the summer.
He played for the Hornets in Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Crystal Palace and helped his side to a 2-1 victory, sealing safe passage to the semi-finals.
Gomes has played exclusively in the cup this season, with Ben Foster the club’s first-choice in the Premier League.
Both games remaining in the FA Cup will be staged at Wembley meaning that Gomes has likely played his last game at Watford’s home ground, provided Foster does not sustain an injury.
And the former Tottenham Hotspur stopper allowed emotion to overwhelm him at the full-time whistle, crying and waving goodbye to the club’s supporters, who gave him a standing ovation.
Fans on Twitter have echoed the sentiments of those who were at the game, issuing effusive tributes to the 38-year-old. Take a look at the best of the reaction below!
Absolute legend 🐝🐝🐝🐝
— Steve merrill (@stevemerrill23) March 16, 2019
Incredible to see that emotion come pouring out of the wonderful Heurelho Gomes this afternoon. He’s proved to be an extraordinarily canny signing for #watfordfc – an important figure on and off the pitch and his reaction today showed exactly what the club means to him. 💛❤️🖤
— Rookery Mike (@RookeryMike) March 16, 2019
— Aidan Hogan (@aidyhogwfc) March 16, 2019
— Chelcie Lawrie (@ChelcieLawrie) March 16, 2019
I've said it before on here but I still remember all those people threatening to send back their season tickets when we signed Gomes
He is now a legend of the club and I hope he still has a very long time working in a coaching capacity. The ultimate professional #WatfordFC 🐝🐝
— James Stopford (@jamesstopford) March 16, 2019
Not going to lie when Gomes started crying I also shed a wee tear #WatfordFC
— Callumhull (@Callumhull5) March 16, 2019
So happy for Gomes. He deserves this moment. #WatfordFC
— Chicago Hornet (@ChicagoHornet) March 16, 2019