Dirk Kuyt announces retirement
Former Dutch international Dirk Kuyt draws the curtain on his playing career after 19 glorious years.
The announcement came just 3 days after Kuyt fired Feyenoord to their first Eredivisie title in 18 years by scoring a hat-trick against Heracles at the De Kuip on the last matchday of this Eredivisie season.
Though a natural winger, he was often deployed as a striker. This season he was used as a holding midfielder by Feyenoord manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Kuyt perfectly adapted to the role. Kuyt will now carry on his footballing career at Feyenoord in an off-field role.
Regarding his retirement, Kuyt has said “Throughout my career I have always followed my heart when taking decisions and that goes for this one too,”
“To me this feels like the right time to retire. I have had two fantastic years here since returning to Feyenoord, with this season’s title as the absolute pinnacle.
“I had the dream of winning trophies and becoming a champion with Feyenoord. All my dreams have come true.”
Kuyt is famously known for his 6-year stint with English Premier League giants Liverpool during which he wore the famous red jersey 286 times. He has been capped 104 times by Dutch national side before announcing his retirement from international football in 2014.