West Ham fans react to Benayoun retirement with glowing tributes

West Ham United fans have lavished praise on Yossi Benayoun after the former Hammers midfielder announced his retirement from football.

Benayoun spent two years at Upton Park after arriving in 2005, playing for the club in the FA Cup final defeat to Liverpool.

A move to the Reds followed in 2007 after he helped the Irons, along with Carlos Tevez, avoid relegation to the Championship prior to a 2010 switch to Chelsea.

A loan move to Arsenal followed prior to a return to West Ham in 2012, though he sustained an injury during that spell and made just six appearances for the club.

In total, the Israel international played 78 times for the Hammers, scoring eight goals and laying on a total of five assists.

And he is still fondly remembered by Irons supporters, who are taking to Twitter to praise the 38-year-old. Take a look at the best of the reaction down below…

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