Tributes have been flowing on Twitter since Donegal legend Michael Murphy announced his inter-county retirement last night.
The Glenswilly clubman called time on his career with the Tir Chonaill men after helping them to All-Ireland SFC glory a decade ago, as well as captaining them to five Ulster titles and picking up three All-Star awards.
Here was some of the reaction on Twitter following Murphy's announcement:
In my opinion, the best player of his generation. A leader before his time. So disappointed Michael Murphy has retired from inter-county football as we won’t see him play anymore for Donegal- a colossus in every sense of the word. What a player, what a man. A genuine gem pic.twitter.com/wdMloduzcl— Thomas Niblock (@thomasniblock) November 16, 2022
Michael Murphy will go down as a true GAA great! He was a joy to watch and an absolute gentleman, best of luck to him with next chapter 👊 pic.twitter.com/MRB038a8ig— Bernard Brogan (@bernardbrogan) November 16, 2022
Great angle of Michael Murphy’s famous goal in the 2012 All-Ireland final pic.twitter.com/pvAi88wEe3— Fintan O'Toole (@fotoole13) November 16, 2022
Comhghairdeachas le Michael Murphy. What a player, leader and warrior. I expected to be watching him for a few more years, operating closer to goal. Massive loss to Donegal and to the game.— Éamonn Fitzmaurice (@efitz6) November 16, 2022
Michael Murphy retiring is such a blow for football.— Conán Doherty (@ConanDoherty) November 16, 2022
Can fetch, run, score, turn inside, defend, hit hard, rip the net.
I remember the night Glenswilly played Ballinderry and I only realised how fast he was too and was so depressed a Donegal man could be that good!
What a man pic.twitter.com/L7CTmHGV9h
Few have influenced a county as singularly as Michael Murphy did with Donegal over 15 years. His retirement such a loss for them and football.— Colm Keys (@KeysColm) November 16, 2022
I know where I would want to see Michael Murphy next season.— Des Cahill (@sportsdes) November 16, 2022
An absolute GAA legend, gives a great insight into a game, and a lovely fella. Congrats on a wonderful career. I’ll never forget my #Donegal wife & her family going ballistic celebrating the many great days for Donegal! pic.twitter.com/EggisIMYno
Mr Donegal!— sportsfile (@sportsfile) November 16, 2022
Michael Murphy retires from the intercounty game after a remarkable Donegal career! pic.twitter.com/uC74cgEk6k
Michael Murphy a real Donegal Legend .. Certainly the GOAT in Donegal and a far.. Really sad to hear of his retirement as he was a pure joy to watch .. Best wishes 👏👏 https://t.co/HNw0SPwOU3— Stephen King (@Stephen93167516) November 16, 2022
I remember his debut v Leitrim in ‘07. What a career he went onto have. One of the best to have ever played the game. Such a role model he has been for the people of Donegal. Massive loss. Enjoy retirement Michael Murphy 💪🏼👍— Emlyn Mulligan (@emlynmulligan) November 16, 2022
A colossus of a footballer but more importantly off the field a gentleman and a role model for all. No doubt our greatest ever. Thanks for everything and enjoy your retirement Michael Murphy. @officialdonegal pic.twitter.com/rBXO7aD7lY— Naomh Colmcille GAA (@NColmcilleGAA) November 16, 2022
The best football player I have ever witnessed 🙌 https://t.co/hxyUdlxx0J— David Kelly (@D_Kelloggs) November 16, 2022