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After 201 Goals, Tim Cahill Confirms His Retirement From Football

Australian football great Tim Cahill has confirmed he is hanging up his boots.

Cahill, who plays in the Indian Super League for Jamshedpur FC, confirmed on Thursday he would not be seeking a contract renewal.

Speaking to Optus Sport, he said at 39 years old, it was time to move on.

"I'm an old man now in football years," Cahill said.

"I'd love to keep playing, you know, 39 ... had a great stint for six months in India."

Cahill hopes to move into coaching and working on television, and -- most of all -- spending quality time with his family.

"Coaching is something that is definitely going to be on the horizon," he said.

As a teenager, Cahill moved to England to play for Milwall, making 217 appearances.

But he became a household name when he moved north to Everton, scoring 56 goals in 226 matches.

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His iconic goal celebration. Image: Getty Image

He then moved onto the New York Red Bulls before China, where he played for Shanghai Shenhua and Hangzhou Greentown.

Aussie fans were finally able to see him on home soil when he played in the A-League for Melbourne City between 2016 and 2017.

He returned to where it all began at Millwall for a six-month stint in 2018, before finally making his way to India.

But it's his time as a Socceroo that has cemented him in the hearts of Australians.

Tim Cahill celebrates after scoring during the 2014 World Cup against the Netherlands. Image: Getty Images

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Over 14 years, Cahill represented Australia at three World Cups, won the AFC Asian Cup in 2015 and is the all-time leading goalscorer -- netting an incredible 50 goals in 108 caps.

"It was amazing to play in four big continents. I had a great career and I'm really thankful," he said.

"I’m someone that massively respects the game and I'll take my time to learn more."

Cahill's retirement will officially begin when his contract with Jamshedpur FC expires at the end of this month.