DIRK KUYT RETIRES FROM FOOTBALL

Feyenoord captain Dirk Kuyt has announced his retirement, three days after his hat-trick sealed the Dutch club’s first title since 1999.

The ex-Liverpool forward, 36, described securing the Eredivisie with Sunday’s 3-1 win against Heracles Almelo as “the best moment” of his career.

Kuyt started at Utrecht, moving on to Feyenoord, Liverpool and Fenerbahce, before returning to Rotterdam in 2013.

“All my dreams have come true,” said the former Dutch international.

Kuyt will remain at Feyenoord, with the club saying he will “focus on gaining a position” within their technical management team.

Kuyt won 104 caps for the Netherlands, including a start in the 2010 World Cup final which they lost to Spain.

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