Dirk Kuyt: Former Liverpool hero announces retirement following Feyenoord title triumph

  • Dirk Kuyt: Former Liverpool hero announces retirement following Feyenoord title triumph

Dirk Kuyt: Former Liverpool hero announces retirement following Feyenoord title triumph

He was also a regular fixture in Rafael Benitez's 2009 side which finished as Premier League runners-up.

The announcement came just three days after Kuyt, who had not been a regular starter for Feyenoord in the last months of the season, scored a hat trick in his team's 3-1 win over Heracles Almelo to win the title in the final game of the season.

"I had the dream of winning trophies and becoming a champion with Feyenoord".

Following a career high point of scoring a hat trick and for Feyenoord on Sunday, the 36-year-old footballer feels that this is the right time to step down. That I can connect people and teams. He added that he always had the feeling that he will still be important for Feyenoord this season, even though he spent more time on the bench.

It has been confirmed that the Dutch star will remain with Feyenoord moving forward, holding a role somewhere in the club off the pitch. As such, he will prepare himself for the coming period by undergoing [sports] management courses.

" But first I'm going afterglow of the championship, as I am doing, and the next day my last trainings finish as a player all week".

In 19 years, the ex-Netherlands worldwide played for Utrecht, Feyenoord, Liverpool and Fenerbahce, sealing seven trophies and earning 105 caps for his country.

After making his Eredivisie debut for Utrecht in 1998-1999, he moved to Feyenoord five seasons later and went on to be their top scorer in each of his three seasons.

The Dutchman was a fan favourite during his spell with the Reds after joining the club from Feyenoord in 2006. He returned to Feyenoord in 2015, and his experience and eye for goal have proved invaluable for manager and ex-Arsenal man Giovanni van Bronckhorst.