Socceroos legend Tim Cahill just announced his retirement

Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)Tim Cahill

Tim Cahill is hanging up his Socceroo footy boots after Australia’s latest appearance in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

“No words can describe what it has meant to represent my country. Massive thank you to everyone for the support throughout all my years wearing the Australian badge,” Cahill said, breaking the news on Twitter.

The nation’s top international goal scorer put the ball in the back of the net 50 times in 107 games.

Russia was the first time the 38-year-old did not score in four appearances at the World Cup, where he established a reputation for delivering match-winning goals at crucial stages late in the game.

He first debuted for Australia in a friendly against South Africa in March 2004 before going on to score six goals at the OFC Nations Cup and then help the Socceroos reach the quarter finals of the Athens Olympics.

At the 2006 World Cup, he became the first Australian to score at a World Cup when he found the net in the opening match against Japan.

It was the start of a new era for the Socceroos, with Cahill scoring again at the 2010 World Cup (after being red carded in the opening game). He scored again three times in 2014 in Brazil helping put Australia through to the elimination round.

While goals during the qualifying matches for 2018 helped Australia make its way to Russia, he did not make an appearance on the ground until the last of the three games in the group stage, with Australia failing to progress.

Cahill is married with four children. He currently plays for Melbourne in the A-League.

We’ll just leave this 2014 effort in Brazil, perhaps the goal of the tournament, here:

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