Coleman on Baines
Seamus Coleman has paid tribute to Leighton Baines after the Everton icon announced his retirement from football on Sunday.
“As a footballer every day he was so professional, always in the gym and always the best player in training.
“Even until last week. That is testament to how he’s looked after himself throughout his career.
“You hear pundits and people talking about full-backs changing the game.
“Leighton Baines was one of the players who helped change the game for attacking full-backs 10 years ago.
“There was a five-year period, at least, when he was the best left-back in England and, possibly, in Europe.
“Under David Moyes [Baines’ manager for his first six years at Everton], you had your left-back winning games for you, which is incredible.
“He was an unbelievable talent, a natural talent with amazing ability.
“We will miss him massively.”