West Ham United waved goodbye to goalkeeper Adrian last week.
The Spaniard was hailed a ‘true cult hero’ by the club in an official announcement on Wednesday.
After 150 appearances and six years at West Ham, Adrian has left as he joined, on a free transfer.
The club paid tribute to the 30-year-old on the official website, saying: “His celebration (after scoring the winning penalty against Everton in the FA Cup), a knee-slide in front of the Bobby Moore Lower, is the enduring image of an unforgettable night.
“With his wide smile and amiable sense of humour, Adrian endeared himself to teammates, staff and supporters alike.
“He departs a West Ham United cult hero whose contribution during an historic period in the Club’s history will never be forgotten.”
And now the player has confirmed the news in a lengthy and emotional farewell message on social media.
Adrian posts emotional farewell message to West Ham
“I’ve always hoped to continue in West Ham but the circumstances of football have led me to seek a new destination,” Adrian said on Twitter.
“I have lived unforgettable moments with all of you in each afternoon/evening of football in the mythical, beloved and unique Boleyn Ground … all of them will keep in my memory with much affection.”
— Adrián San Miguel (@AdriSanMiguel) June 5, 2019
And now lots of emotional West Ham supporters have reacted, wishing Adrian well.
Many posted that they felt he embodied everything a West Ham United player should be.
‘He embodies West Ham’
Proof if ever it was needed that Hammers fans love a trier and someone who wears their heart on their sleeve.
Here are a selection of reactions to Adrian’s farewell message from Twitter.
No Adrian. Thank YOU ❤️⚒
— Billy 🧸 (@WHUFCBilly) June 5, 2019
If you’re ever back in east London, the pie and mash is on me.
You sir are a gentleman.
— Dave Rice (@ricey63) June 5, 2019
Thank you for everything. You were a great player, with a great attitude, and always with a smile on your face. Good luck wherever you go next, they will be a lucky team. #graciasadrian
— Julian Shea (@juliansheasport) June 5, 2019
Some players come & go & are forgotten instantly. You however will be remembered as a player that embodied everything that it is to be a proper Hammer. You put everything in for the badge on the front of the shirt & now we’ll always remember your name on the back of it. ⚒️
— ⚒️Peter Butler’s Ferret⚒️ (@RightWingWizard) June 5, 2019
One of the best farewell letters that I’ve seen from a player leaving. Good luck @AdriSanMiguel
— Keith Champion (@champs1uk) June 5, 2019
What a wonderful farewell from a true professional. We have loved your passion from the start, and our thanks and best wishes go with you ⚒
— Belfast Hammers (@BelfastHammers) June 5, 2019
‘A man who truly understands what it means to play for West Ham’
Love you @AdriSanMiguel – you will be missed so much! Your penalty against Everton was one of the best things I ever saw at the Boleyn – the glove throw was classic! Good luck for the future. COYI ⚒⚒⚒⚒
— Lily Harris (@lilyfharris) June 5, 2019
A class act on and off the field. A player that will be remembered fondly! Thank You & good luck ❤️⚒
— Adam McTaggart (@Taggsy79) June 5, 2019
Thank you for everything. One never doubted your loyalty, focus and ability! I hope you’ll find your way back to the club and city later in life. The passion you’ve shown the club is much appreciated!! Good luck in life ⚒👍💙💜
— = the sum of it all. (@MikkelGRaps) June 5, 2019
I love you so much❤️Forever a Hammer⚒
— Tom 父 (@_lxnzixi10_) June 5, 2019
Brilliantly said Adrian from a brilliant keeper and a brilliant man. I was there for the Everton cup match and it will always be one of the greatest nights at Upton Park. Thank you for being a great part of our history and I wish you well.
— Paul Tidey (@Beatlebrain82) June 5, 2019
Jesus that made me feel emotional 😢! Adrian, always a Hammer ❤️⚒⚒
— Rob (@BobbyMac5) June 5, 2019
— T A Y (@TaylorEllis__) June 5, 2019