You can’t not love Dirk Kuyt (unless you’re a Man United or Everton fan).
Despite not always being the easiest player on the eye his ruthless work rate saw him capped 104 times by Holland and endeared him to fans of Utrecht, Liverpool, Feyenoord and Fenerbahce.
Even now, at the age of 36, he’s scoring important goals for Feyenoord.
Heading into the final game of the Eredivise season Feyenoord sat one point above Ajax at the top of the table, knowing that any slip up could see their arch-rivals overtake them and lift the title.
No need to fear though, especially not when Dirk is around.
Kuyt scored the opener against Heracles inside a minute, adding a second 11 minutes later to settle any nerves.
He completed his hat-trick six minutes from time, slotting home from the penalty slot.
They were his tenth, 11th and 12th goals of the season, in which he’s only missed three games.
Ajax, who fielded the youngest team in Eredivisie history, won their game but Feyenoord held on to take the league title.
The title is Feyenoord’s first since the 1998/99 season, when Leo Beenhakker guided De club aan de Maas to the top of the Eredivise.
Those days the likes of Jerzy Dudek, Julio Cruz and Jon Dahl Tomasson were playing for Feyenoord, but the current squad has a much more homegrown look to it.
Of the team that started the final day win against Heracles only three weren’t Dutch, although Moroccan international Karim El Ahmadi was born in Holland.
It’s Kuyt’s first Eredivise title and means he’s now won league titles in both Turkey and Holland, to go with the League Cup he won with Liverpool.
Someone build the man a statue outside of De Kuip.