Former team-mates, opponents and supporters from all corners paid tribute to Karl Lacey after the Donegal great announced his retirement last night.
Lacey steps away after a storied 148 appearances for Donegal that included an All-Ireland, three Ulster titles, a Player of the Year and four All-Star awards.
The Donegal town man won two of his All-Stars in the lean years pre-Jim McGuinness’s management.
Enjoy the family time buddy. Pleasure to share the field with you! @KarlLacey4
— Rory Kavanagh (@123kav) September 1, 2017
Congrats on great career @KarlLacey4 one of the best man markers I seen. Enjoy spare time 😉👍🏼🏐
— Tomás Ó Sé (@tomas5ky) August 31, 2017
What a player @KarlLacey4 was. If I got one or 2 from play on him ( not often) I was on top of my game. Enjoy the well deserved break pal.
— Conor.mortimer (@Conmort) September 1, 2017
— Alan O'Mara (@AOMTHECAT) August 31, 2017
— Pat Shovelin (@patshovelin1) August 31, 2017
All the best in your retirement @KarlLacey4 The best defender that I ever did face.
— Paddy Bradley (@PaddyB14) August 31, 2017
Whenever Karl Lacey had the ball, charging up the field, you knew it was going to end up where it needed to be. Once in a generation player.
— Niall McCauley (@Nially1988) August 31, 2017
Lucky enough to have been there to see Karl Lacey's best days in donegal colours, up there with the very best Donegal has produced #legend
— Kane Barrett (@kaneyb_14) August 31, 2017
Sad to see Karl Lacey retire – a superb footballer and a great leader – the men of 2012 were real heroes in Donegal
— Sylvester Hennessy (@Slyone1069) September 1, 2017
Best of Luck to Karl Lacey on his Retirement. One of the Very Best Defenders at his Peak, that man had a Serious Serious engine pic.twitter.com/9FkpbsyW7s
— Buff Egan (@buff_egan) August 31, 2017
— Noel Early (@noelearly) August 31, 2017
I was at Donegal Vs Kerry and Donegal Vs Cork in 2012 and Karl Lacey was simply astonishing both days. What a player. Best of luck to him.
— David Clohessy (@CX2DAD) August 31, 2017
Karl Lacey's displays vs Cork, Kerry and Mayo during that 2012 season were otherworldly, incredible player 👏
— Ronan Mullen (@RonanReigns) August 31, 2017