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Top footballers who retired in 2017

Sumedh Pande
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The end of an era

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. 

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Sumedh Pande
An avid Premier League watcher with specialization in transfer news and post match analysis. Follow European and Indian football with minute attention with one eye on the world of cricket.
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