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Klaas-Jan Huntelaar announces retirement from football

The veteran striker decides to hang his boots at the age of 38

Picture Courtesy of : Kathi Rudminat
Huntelaar trains for the Dutch national team

Huntelaar trains for the Dutch national team

The announcement would mean that his last career match was for Schalke in the league match against Eintracht Frankfurt, where he scored a goal in a spectacular 4-3 win. Though he helped the miners win the match, he couldn’t stop them from getting relegated that season.

 

According to Dutch Voetbal International, the forward has decided to put an end to his football career. Fellow countryman Ryan Babel took to Twitter to wish him a happy retirement. The tweet was later liked by Huntelaar. Though there hasn’t been any official statement from the striker yet

Throughout his career, he has featured for some top clubs such as PSV, Ajax, Real Madrid, Milan and Schalke 04. A true marksman, Huntelaar was a legend for both Schalke as well as the Dutch champions Ajax. 

 

He has made a total of 249 appearances for the Royal Blues scoring 128 goals making him the second-highest goalscorer in the club’s history. He was also the Bundesliga's top scorer in 2011/12 with 29 goals. During his time in Amsterdam, he has made 243 appearances, producing 151 goals and 42 assists for Ajax.

For his country, he recorded 42 goals in 78 games which is a pretty impressive record compared to the other dutch forwards during his time. He has over 400 career goals to his name, making him one of the most prolific strikers of his generation.

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