Clint Dempsey, one of the finest US footballers of his generation, has announced his retirement from the game.

The 35-year-old confirmed the decision in an Instagram post on Wednesday with the message: “Thank you it’s been real.” Dempsey scored 57 goals for USA during his long career, making him his nation’s all-time leading scorer alongside Landon Donovan, the only other American player of his generation who could rival his impact.

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