Former Netherlands international defender Khalid Boulahrouz has officially hung up his boots after reportedly losing his passion for the game.
The 34-year old has announced his retirement after 14 years of professional football in a career that saw him play in the Eredivisie, La Liga, Bundesliga and the English Premier league.
After starting his career at RKC Waalwijk, “Khalid der Kannibale” moved to the Bundesliga with Hamburger SV and he went on to become one of the most fearsome defenders in world football.
After impressive performances for Die Oranje in the 2006 World Cup in Germany, he earned himself a move to Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea for a reported fee of £8.5 million.
After failing to establish himself with the Blues, transfers to Sevilla, Stuttgart, Sporting CP, and Brondby followed before his final transfer to Feyenoord, but since being released from the Dutch giants the 35-time capped Dutchman admitted he no longer had the desire to continue.
“I didn’t like football,” Boulahrouz told Helden Online, “I was obssessed with it. However, slowly, that obsession has lessened.”