Very few – if any – footballers have had a better ecstasy witnessed by Dirk Kuyt as he threw the Eredivisie trophy into the jubilating atmosphere of the city of Rotterdam few weeks ago.

Francesco Totti for one can object, afterall the 40-year old on the last day of the Serie A season and in his last match as a professional footballer, with the score tied at 2-2, scored the last goal to paint off an emotional goodbye to Romans as they wept for the exit of a living monument.

Bring up as many examples you can and still, you will struggle to put a blind eye on the reality so good it sounds more like a fairy tale – a 36-year old veteran scoring a hat trick to lead his boyhood club to a title they failed to win for 18 years.

When Kuyt left Feyenoord for Liverpool big things were expected of him, given how he topped the Eredivisie’s scoring chart. Liverpool was his first stop on his sojourn away from The Netherlands. Although he ended up collecting only one League Cup in 2006despite being largely phenomenal throughout his stay at Anfield.

The lack of titles to match his displays in Merseyside did not stop koppites from appreciating his talent and most importantly his work ethic. His hat trick against Manchester United in 2011 still stand out as one of the most memorable individual performances witnessed by the Anfield faithful.

Turkish side Fenerbahcewas where he lifted a fair number of trophies. That was before current Feyenoord coach offered him the prospect of lifting the Eredivisie with his boyhood club – the retirement dream of most footballers.

The final match of the Dutch league’s season saw the whole world witnessed that dream transformed into reality. He lived it.


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