Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has returned to the football field.
Dutch regional broadcaster Regio8 reported that the 38-year-old played on Sunday for amateur club HC’03 in his hometown of Drebt.
Club president Mart de Crieff told radio that Huntelaar, who retired from professional football in the summer after saying goodbye to Bundesliga club Schalke 4, is now back as a member of his old team in the eastern Netherlands.
Huntelaar played for the sixth team of HC’03 against the tenth team of Concordia Wheel and won 3-1. Huntelaar, who scored 42 goals in the national team, did not score.
“Recently, he did not intend to appear in public and he calmly said goodbye to professional football,” the club’s president and new colleague told the Ajax Amsterdam, Real Madrid, Milan and national team striker. “Now he just wants to play delicious football. It is a very social team with a good third half.”
Huntelaar actually wanted to end his professional career with record champion Ajax Amsterdam. But when his old club fell from Gelsenkirchen and sought help in a relegation battle in early 2021, the Dutchman did not hesitate long. After the landing of Schalke Huntelaar returned to his homeland. The media reported that he finally ended his career – but he himself did not say anything in public.
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