Scott Parker represented West Ham United on 129 occasions between 2007 and 2011 before making the move to Tottenham Hotspur.
And the fact that the midfielder is still a popular figure with the majority of the West Ham fans despite that move says a lot about the type of performances he put in at Upton Park.
Parker, who joined Chelsea from Charlton Athletic in 2004 before joining Newcastle United, scored 10 Premier League goals during his time with the Hammers.
Parker could not prevent West Ham from being relegated at the end of the 2010-11 season, but he was named the FWA Footballer of the Year for his performances throughout the campaign.
It was not a surprise when he returned to the Premier League, and West Ham were able to gain a transfer fee of £5.5m from Tottenham for the midfielder.
Despite his connections to Spurs, the West Ham fans still have a lot of time for Parker.
Indeed, a number of the London club’s supporters were out in force on Wednesday to reveal their respect for the 18-time England international, who retired in June 2017 following four seasons with Fulham.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
What a player. Always inspired me asa kid coming through ??❤️
— Zavon Hines (@zavonhines41) June 6, 2018
great player in one of our worst team.
— Benjamin Guest (@Ben2Japan) June 6, 2018
Forgot how many bangers he scored! Absolutely loved watching Parker in a West Ham shirt. Always gave 100%
— Jed (@Jed_rg) June 6, 2018
— Osasere Osazemwinde (@OsasereMUFC) June 6, 2018
A West Ham legend despite his defection.
— HammerIt (@HammerIt1) June 6, 2018
Top player ⚒
— ⚒Matt Welsh⚒ (@mattwelsh81) June 6, 2018
My hero whilst growing up
— ⚒️Callum Holder⚒️ (@CallumGHolder) June 6, 2018
We could do with a midfielder like him right now tbh.
— Anthony (@terryant94) June 6, 2018