After farewelling the Socceroos late last year, Tim Cahill – Australia’s beloved – has formally called time on his footballing career, confirming his retirement late last night.

Cahill marched on after his Socceroos swansong with Indian League club Jamshedpur, but last night’s announcement brings to an end the most decorated career of any Australian in football history.

At age 39, Cahill confirmed he would not be seeking any further playing contracts and will instead begin the next phase of his life.

Timmy asserted he will begin pursuing coaching, while exploring TV gigs on the side, in an interview with Optus Sport.

I’m an old man now in football years. I’d love to keep playing, you know 39, had a great stint for six months in India. But I’m interested in TV, going to start my A Licence and spend quality time with my family and chill out for a bit.

It was amazing to play in four big continents. I had a great career and I’m really thankful.

I’m someone that massively respects the game and I’ll take my time to learn more. Coaching is something that’s definitely going to be on the horizon.

Cahill’s career included storied stints at EPL clubs Millwall and Everton, as well as a run with the New York Red Bulls in America’s MLS. Following a stretch in China, Cahill came full circle by spending two seasons with Melbourne City in the A-League, before wrapping his career up in India.

On an international level, he is by far and away Australia’s all-time leading goal-scorer, with 50 international goals from 108 caps to his name, including this absolute pearler against Netherlands in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which we maintain should have won Goal of the Tournament in a canter.

Cheers, Timmy. Top bloody work mate.

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