Former Liverpool player Dirk Kuyt retires after helping Feyenoord to Dutch title

Kuyt scored a hat-trick as Feyenoord beat Heracles on the final day of the season

Former Liverpool star Dirk Kuyt announces his retirement from football after guiding Feyenoord to the Eredivisie title.

Dirk Kuyt, the veteran captain of Feyenoord who led his team to its first Dutch league title in 18 years, is retiring.

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 added: "For me feels this as the right time to stop. I dreamt of becoming champion with Feyenoord".

"All my dreams have come true", said the former Dutch global.

Now, Feyenoord officially announced that Kuyt retires, but remains in the club and get a leadership position. Technical director Martin van Geel will act as his mentor.

Feyenoord said that the 36-year-old, who shared his decision with the club's senior management and head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst will train with the squad through to the end of the week and then take up another role at Feyenoord.

"We are therefore delighted that we can retain someone with his experience and setting the club". "I will tutor Dirk and I could easily imagine him taking over from me in due course".

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

Kuyt represented Holland and played in the 2007 Champions League final for Liverpool during his time as a player.

Moving to Anfield in the summer of August 2006, Kuyt remained with the Merseyside giants until 2012 and scored a huge 71 goals as well as providing 40 assists in 286 outings.

In terms of his worldwide record, he received 104 caps for the Dutch national side between 2010 and 2014, finishing as runners-up to Spain in 2010 World Cup before earning a bronze medal in Brazil under Louis van Gaal four years later.

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