Just three days after firing Feyenoord to its first Eredivisie title in 18 years, Dirk Kuyt has announced his retirement from football as confirmed by the club.
Kuyt, 36, scored a memorable hat-trick against Heracles on Sunday as Feyenoord pipped rivals Ajax to their first league title in the 21st century on the last day of the season.
Feyenoord has also confirmed that the striker will take up a new role with the club off the pitch.
Kuyt told Feyenoord’s club website:
“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.” he concluded.
Technical director Martin van Geel added: “We are incredibly grateful to Dirk for what he has done for Feyenoord these past two years.
Kuyt also played for Utrecht of Holland, Liverpool of England and Fernabahce of Turkey.
Written by Chineze Ogugua