One of football’s most unheralded heroes has decided to call it a day, with Dirk Kuyt announcing his retirement this week.
Kuyt was by no means the perfect footballer, but he was always a fan favourite wherever he played and seems impossible not to love – unless you support Manchester United, perhaps.
Over a 19-year professional career, Kuyt represented Utrecht, Feyenoord, Liverpool and Fenerbahce, while he also won an incredible 104 caps for Holland.
“Throughout my career I have always followed my heart when taking decisions and that goes for this one too,” Kuyt told.
“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.”
We’ve looked back on some of the 36-year-old’s best moments to explain why Kuyt was so universally loved.
How very, very Roy Keane.
Pep visited Wenger’s house as a player.
This is very, very cheeky.
Salah continues to break Liverpool records.
Do the squad watch it?
One or two of these are pretty unexpected.
“His spirit and courage was incredible.”
Twenty teams, two players each, one ball.