OFFICIAL: Kuyt retires from football on back of Feyenoord's Eredivisie triumph

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The 36-year-old scored a hat-trick on the final day of the season to help the Rotterdam outfit win their first league title in 18 years on Sunday

Feyenoord have confirmed Dirk Kuyt has retired from football, just three days after firing the club to their first Eredivisie title in 18 years.

Feyenoord's Leicester-like title win

Kuyt, 36, scored a memorable hat-trick against Heracles on Sunday as Feyenoord pipped rivals Ajax to their first league title in the 21st century on the last day of the season.

But the former Liverpool man has since decided to hang up his boots off the back of his heroics, with Feyenoord also confirming the striker will now take up a new role with the club off the pitch.

Kuyt told Feyenoord's club 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.”

Technical director Martin van Geel added: “We are incredibly grateful to Dirk for what he has done for Feyenoord these past two years.

“He has added a huge deal with his attitude, professionalism and passion. In the dressing room, on the pitch and beyond.

“So we are delighted to be able to retain someone with his experience and attitude at the club. I will tutor Dirk and I could easily imagine him taking over from me in due course.”

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