Ledley King was a brilliant footballer, but chronic knee problems meant that the centre-back was unable to fulfil his full potential at Tottenham Hotspur.
King made 321 appearances for Tottenham between 1999 and 2012, before being forced to retire due to a succession of knee injuries, which plagued the latter stages of his career.
Indeed, former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp once branded King ‘an absolute freak’ for being able to play in the Premier League despite not training throughout the week.
The former England international turned 37 on Thursday, and as expected, Tottenham’s official Twitter account paid tribute to ‘one of their own’.
King continues to represent the London club as an ambassador, and it would be fair to say that he remains an extremely popular figure with the Tottenham supporters.
The phrase ‘he could play a bit’ is certainly correct when it comes to King, and despite knee problems plaguing the latter stages of his career, he is still remembered fondly by the Spurs fans.
A selection of the best Twitter reaction can be found below:
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 12, 2017
Absolute hero! First pick on my best Spurs 11 table plan for my wedding! pic.twitter.com/l7R7oRmZjC
— Adam Langley (@A_Langley) October 12, 2017
Inspirational. Your name says it all! 👌
— Chris (@Chrispurs30) October 12, 2017
Happy Birthday @LedleyKing!
Captain. Legend. King.
— Harsh Mishra (@SimplyWink) October 12, 2017
Happy birthday to one of the best captains ever @LedleyKing 🎉🎂🍾x
— Caroline (@Carolin44393068) October 12, 2017
All the best legend
— Dennis Osborne (@Den_the_Yido) October 12, 2017
Happy Birthday to a Rolls-Royce of a player !!
— CRAIG A LOGAN (@Alexcl1690) October 12, 2017
— Geoff Smith (@smithmeister63) October 12, 2017
Happy birthday you legend 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 #COYS
— Alex#LH44 (@AlexB_Car44) October 12, 2017
He's only got one knee, but if he played this weekend he'd still be better than most PL CBs! Happy birthday to our legendary captain #COYS
— Matt French (@MattyFrench82) October 12, 2017
Happy birthday Ledley 🍺🍺🍺 if I was to compare you to another player it would have to be Paul Magrath another legend but in a different era💪
— Aidan (@Aidan1980) October 12, 2017