Top footballers who retired in 2017
2017 saw an entire generation of legends calling it a day over their playing career.
2017 has flown past us at the speed of Mohamed Salah and after celebrating the arrival of a new year, we now have time to reflect on things that happened in the previous year. A footballer calling it a day over his career can truly be said as one of the toughest pills to swallow in the life of a football supporter.
The previous calendar year saw a high number of players who made our childhood special hanging their boots and playing for one last time in 2017. In this segment, we will take a look at the top 10 players who called it a day over their illustrious careers in 2017:
#8 Dirk Kuyt
A working class hero. Nothing can describe Dirk Kuyt better than that. Coming from a country known for its flair and grace, Kuyt made his name for his unstoppable work rate and his tenacity. The Dutchman became a household name during his time with Liverpool where he reached the Champions League final in 2007 but eventually lost out to AC Milan.
Kuyt became a cult figure at Liverpool and left the club after six successful seasons. He then won the Turkish league with Fenerbahce and secured a return to his local club, Feyenoord. In the last game of the 2016/17 season, the Rotterdam side needed all three points to clinch a first league title in 18 years.
On stepped Dirk Kuyt. The captain scored a memorable hat-trick and won the league for his side, all on his own. It was the last game of football that Kuyt ever featured in as he called it quits on a brilliant career.