Former Chelsea star calls it a career at age 36

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Remember Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, the powerful former Dutch international striker who scored goals for fun while at Chelsea and forged a successful partnership with Blues legend Gianfranco Zola in the first few years of this century?

Well, he has retired from football for good. Hasselbaink signed with English League Championship side Cardiff City in the summer of 2007 but an indifferent 2007-2008 season led to the Welsh club releasing the player.

Hasselbaink has now decided to retired from football altogether; he had previously retired from international football. Hasselbaink is 36 years old and holds a formidable goalscoring record in the Premiership.

Some though felt that the Dutchman was always overrated yet there is no doubt that Hasselbaink had a powerful shot. He was initially thought to be just another striker when he started at Dutch sides AZ and Telster.

But he earned accolades in foreign land and for a short period of time was one of the best players in Europe. In 1999 and 2001, he was the Premier League’s top scorer.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is still quote fondly remembered by the Chelsea supporters although he also featured for Leeds United, Atletico Madrid, Boavista, Middlesbrough and Charlton Atheltic.

So a curtain draws over one of the most flamboyant players in world football. It was good while it lasted. Goodbye Jimmy.

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