Dutch football legend Ruud Vormer has officially announced his retirement from professional football through his current club, Zulte-Waregem. The 36-year-old midfielder expressed that it is time for a new chapter in his life after a successful career on the pitch.

Vormer, who represented the Netherlands national team four times, has decided to hang up his boots following a memorable journey in the world of football. Despite missing out on promotion to the Jupiler Pro League with Zulte Waregem last season, he experienced significant success in previous years.

Starting his career in the youth ranks of AZ and later moving to Feyenoord via Roda JC, Vormer played 178 matches in the Eredivisie before making a move to Club Brugge. It was at Club Brugge where he truly shone, making 356 appearances for the club. Throughout his time there, he clinched five Belgian league titles, one Belgian Cup, and four Belgian Super Cups. In 2017, he was honored with the prestigious Gouden Schoen award, recognizing him as the best player in Belgium.

Following his exceptional performances, Vormer earned a call-up to the Netherlands national team, further solidifying his reputation as a talented midfielder. His dedication and passion for the game have left a lasting impact on the football world, and his retirement marks the end of an era for Dutch football fans.

As Vormer embarks on this new chapter in his life, fans and colleagues alike are sure to remember his contributions to the sport and the joy he brought to the game. His legacy will continue to inspire future generations of footballers, showcasing the importance of hard work, determination, and love for the beautiful game.

In his retirement, Vormer leaves behind a legacy that will be cherished by fans and remembered for years to come. As he closes this chapter of his life, the football community celebrates his achievements and wishes him success in all his future endeavors. Cheers to a remarkable career, Ruud Vormer, and best wishes for the journey ahead.