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'All my dreams have come true' - Fairytale ending for Dirk Kuyt as he announces retirement

The 36-year-old Dutchman lifted the Eredivisie title as Feyenoord captain last weekend.

DIRK KUYT IS going out in style.

The 36-year-old forward, capped 104 times for the Netherlands, has announced his retirement from football.

Today’s news comes after Kuyt led his beloved Feyenoord to their first Eredivisie title in 18 years over the weekend.

As club captain, the veteran bagged a hat-trick in their 3-1 victory over Heracles to seal the league championship for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side.

“Throughout my career I have always followed my heart when taking decisions and that goes for this one too,” said Kuyt in a statement released by the club.

“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.”

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Having begun his professional career at Utrecht, Kuyt joined Feyenoord in 2003 and won the KNVB Cup during a three-year spell.

He signed for Liverpool in 2006 and got the nickname ‘The Energizer Bunny’ for his ferocious work-rate. Kuyt played made 285 Premier League appearances for the Reds — scoring 71 times — and lifted the League Cup in 2012.

After a trophy-laden spell in Turkey with Fenerbahce, he returned to Feyenoord two years ago. At international level, Kuyt featured on the Netherlands team that finished runners-up in the 2010 World Cup and third place four years later.

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