In response to a post from Charlton Athletic thanking him for his service to the club, Bent responded that it was an honour to captain the club, sparking much love from the Addicks fans.
The 35-year-old enjoyed successful spells at various clubs throughout his career, but he made a name for himself at The Valley and that was where he enjoyed some of his best goalscoring form, bagging 18 league goals in the 2005/06 season.
That helped the club to a mid-table finish that year, and they haven’t finished higher since, which explains why he is such a popular figure and why he enjoyed his time there so much.
Here are some of the messages of appreciation sent to Bent on Twitter by the Charlton faithful.
Love you Darren. Best player I’ve ever seen in a charlton shirt
— cafcboy (@RHYSABlX) July 26, 2019
We miss you captain ❤️shame you couldn’t come back
— Samuel (@SamuelGaster) July 26, 2019
Love you Darren such a great talent ????❤
— 100%Charlton (@100PercentCafc) July 26, 2019
Remember when we got you I knew I was a good signing I just didn’t know how good. Good luck Darren
— Lee Dr Cheese Martin (@lemoncafc) July 26, 2019
Amazing career Darren well done and good luck
— Brian Taylor (@1966BT) July 26, 2019
I have a Darren Bent Goal Machine shirt somewhere! Thanks Darren for everything you did for the club, have a happy retirement !
— Alex Annous (@AlexAnnous) July 26, 2019
Great memories watching you play in the ????⚪️at the valley ????⚽️all the best after retiring
— Stephen Lintott (@StephenLintott2) July 26, 2019
My football idol as a kid!
— LiamForeman ???????? (@LiamForeman_) July 26, 2019