Former Netherland International, Dirk Kuyt has retired from professional football after playing for 19 years in top clubs in Holland, England and Turkey.
The 36 year old announced on Feyenoord’s 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.”
Kuyt started playing professional football at Utrecht in 1998, where he won the Dutch Cup before leaving for Feyenoord in 2003.
He was the club’s top scorer in for three consecutive seasons and also captained the side in 2015.
Kuyt joined Liverpool FC of England in 2006 where he scored 71 goals in 285 appearances during his six seasons with the Reds, leading them to an English League Cup title in 2012.
He also played for Fenerbahce, where he won the Turkish Super Lig, Turkish Cup, and Turkish Super Cup titles before returning to Feyenoord in 2015 and won a second Dutch Cup winners medal before leading the club to the Dutch league title this season.
Kuyt who led Feyenoord to their first Dutch Eredivisie title in 18 years will assume a technical position in the club’s technical team.