Leon Best lauds former Newcastle teammate on Instagram following retirement announcement


On loan Derby County striker Leon Best posted an image of himself with former Newcastle United teammate Peter Lovenkrands on Instagram, following the Danish attacker's announcement to retire from professional football:

Blackburn Rovers striker Leon Best, who is now on loan with Championship league leaders Derby County, paid tribute to Peter Lovenkrands after he announced his retirement.

Best played alongside Lovenkrands at Newcastle, and posted the above image on Instagram with the following message:

''One of the best finishers I've ever played with, one of the nicest people I've ever met my brother from another mother, life time friend, if only there was more people like you this place would be better, the Scottish speaking Danish blackest white man ever congratulations on your amazing career an family always. An I'm excited to see what you do next on you journey @plovenkrands11''

The duo played together at Newcastle for a relatively short time only as Leon Best joined following Newcastle won promotion back to the Premier League in 2010. 

In the Toon's first year following promotion, Best played in 11 Premier League games, scoring six goals, while Lovenkrands played in 25 Premier League games, scoring six goals. 

The season after, despite both remaining at the club, neither made the impact they would have hoped for. Best netted just four goals in 17 Premier League matches, while Lovenkrands was rarely used and failed to score a single Premier League goal in nine appearances. 

Both players departed Newcastle in the summer of 2012 to join Championship clubs, with Best heading to Blackburn and Lovenkrands to Birmingham City. 

After reading the message left by Best, Lovenkrands responded: ''@iamleonbest reading this, thank you so much Bro. I absolutely loved playing with you, one of the nicest and funniest guys I have shared a dressing room with! I have missed you ever since we left NUFC! Live time friends'' 

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