'I've had a wonderful career' - Former Leeds and Liverpool superstar plays his final game

Harry Kewell

Harry Kewell played the last game of his professional career this weekend.

Harry Kewell was undoubtedly one of the superstars of the Premier League era.

Good looking, personable and an all-round excellent football he was exactly the type of player the Premier League catered for.

The one time PFA Young Player of the Year started his career with a successful stint at Leeds United before he moved on to Liverpool in 2003 - turning down offers from AC Milan, Chelsea, Manchester United and Barcelona to become a Red.

He had difficult times at Anfield - with his injury record keeping him on the side-lines for large periods of time - but he had an impressive 2005-06 that will probably live on most fondly in his memories of Merseyside.

He has since gone on to play for Galatasaray in Turkey and Melbourne Victory in his Australian homeland after a torrid transfer saga.

He left Victory in 2013 due to personal reasons and spent a couple of months in Qatar with Al-Gharafa before signing for Melbourne Heart in June last year.

His injury nightmares have always hindered his progress - and they again appeared to railroad him at Heart. But in recent months he has found top form - perhaps that is why he decided to retire.

He announced his decision last month - that this season would be his last as a professional footballer.

This weekend saw him play his last ever game as a pro. Melbourne Heart lost 3-2 against Western Sydney Warriors in a tight game - one they probably should have won.

It was their final game of the season - a poor campaign which has seen them finish bottom of the Australian A-League.

But today was all about Harry Kewell - and his final ever game.

He gave a post-match interview in which he spoke of his illustrious career - and he stated:

“Oh look that’s something special. Like you said I've had a wonderful career. I thank everybody who came out tonight on a special night for me. What can I say I’m, look it’s fantastic. Of course I love the game and I would play till I am 47 you know but I think it’s the right time for me to move on. I see this next generation come up and there looking good, especially this team here we just need a couple more wins to get the confidence but I am sure Melbourne Heart will be back next season and bigger and better.”

When asked when he would get used to the idea of no longer being a professional footballer he said:

“Probably never. You know because I love the sport and I was born to do this. Look it’s going to take a while but look I am going to enjoy this night and enjoy the moment with my boys and you know, we’ll see what happens.”

Kewell almost capped his last appearance with a goal - but Warriors stopper Ante Covic produced a great save - Kewell demonstrating his personality when quipping:

“I invited him out tonight but he’s not coming now.”

Classic Kewell.

His career may never have reached the heights it should have but he will forever be remembered as a star of the Premier League capable of some magic moments.

Without injuries who knows how good he would have become - now it is time for the next chapter.

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