19 May, 2017
Dirk Kuyt announced his retirement from football on Wednesday, bowing out in the best way possible after his hat-trick on Sunday won a first Dutch championship in 18 years for Feyenoord.
The Feyenoord captain made a decision to retire from football just three days after he scored a spectacular hat trick against Heracles, which he described as the "best moment of his career".
The Dutchman's hat-trick against on the final day against Heracles helped secure his side the Eredivise title - their first since 1999. "I dreamt of becoming champion with Feyenoord".
He spent three years with Fenerbahce before returning to Feyenoord in 2015, declaring that he would lead the club to the league they craved.
Former Netherlands and Liverpool striker, Dirk Kuyt has officially announced his retirement from football.
He plans to focus on a position within Feyenoord's technical management team, with technical director Martin van Geel acting as his mentor. "All my dreams came true", the statement added.
"We are therefore delighted that we can retain someone with his experience and setting the club".
The 36 year joined Liverpool in 2006 and would go on to make 285 appearances for the Reds, scoring 71 times.
Despite playing in three cup finals, Kuyt only lifted one trophy, the 2012 League Cup, during his time on Merseyside.
Klaassen, who will lead Ajax against Manchester United in the Europa League final next Wednesday, says: "You can not enjoy playing football on these pitches".
Kuyt, who became popular with the Fener faithful as much for his social responsibility projects as he was with his successful performances, was also considered worthy for the Netherlands-Turkey friendship award for his contributions to the friendship between the two countries.