Dutch soccer superstar Dirk Kuyt has retired from football.
He helped his boyhood club Feyenoord to this season’s Eredivisie title then he decided to call time on football.
His farewell was an emotional and worthy one. Kuyt scored a hat trick in the win over Heracles that secured the title by a point over a young Ajax side.
This is the first time the Dutch side would win the Eredivisie title since 1999. He inspired the team to the title in his second spell at the club, writing his name in gold in the annals of the club’s history. His final hat trick earned him a new record. OptaJohan claims Kuyt has scored more goals in 147 and more hat trick in 9 than any other Eredivisie star this century.
His first spell with Feyenoord was a successful one. He exited in 2006 to move to the Premier League. He scored in the 2-1 defeat of AC Milan to help Liverpool to the UEFA Champions League final. He impressed in his time at Anfield, winning the Carlings Cup in 2012.
He returned to his native in 2015, teaming up with his Giovanni van Bronckhorst. The 36-year old would later captain the side to the league title despite the odds. He said winning the title was “the best moment of [his] career.”He said he was always optimistic of winning the title even though he was laughed at. He retires a legend in Dutch football.