Barcelona stars pay tribute to 'legend' Ferguson

Gerard Pique, Daniel Alves, Sergio Busquets and Cristian Tello salute the retiring Manchester United boss' time at the top in the wake of the announcement he his retiring
Barcelona stars have come out in full force to pay tribute to outgoing Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, saying the world will remember his legacy for years to come.

The legendary Scotsman announced his retirement from his current position on Wednesday after almost three decades in charge at Old Trafford and Gerard Pique - who spent a spell with the Red Devils before his return to the Blaugrana - reeled off his impressive trophy haul over the years.

He wrote on Twitter: "26 years, 13 league titles, 2 Champions Leagues, the Cup Winners' Cup, 5 FA Cups, 4 League Cups… Legend!"

Sergio Busquets has shared his amazement at Ferguson's longevity and believes the coach will leave a hole in the sport when he steps down at the end of the season.

"Ferguson is a coach who will always be remembered," he told reporters. "His retirement is a loss for the football world. All the things he won and that he always stayed at the level of the best coaches is amazing."

Barca full-back Daniel Alves is another to shower praise on the two-time Champions League-winning coach and believes the Scot has set an example for everybody else to follow in his career.

"[His retirement is like] removing a myth of football," the Brazilian said on Twitter. "He is the kind of professional that helps make this occupation meaningful! Thanks Sir Alex Ferguson."

Fellow Camp Nou star Cristian Tello added on his Twitter profile: "All my admiration for Sir Alex Ferguson. He leaves the bench for Manchester United after 26 seasons. Legend."

Goal revealed in the wake of announcement that Everton manager David Moyes will replace Ferguson, with a club announcement expected imminently.

Ferguson won 13 league titles with the club, five FA Cups and two Champions Leagues.