Clarence Seedorf's illustrious factfile including four Champions League winners medals

Seedorf won the Champions League twice as a player at AC Milan. Photo: PA

Clarence Seedorf announced his retirement from playing today in order to take up the vacant managerial post at AC Milan.

Here, we take a look back at the 39 year-old achievements in the game.

1976: Born in Paramaribo, Suriname, on April 1. Raised in Almere, Holland.

1992: Makes his first professional appearance for Ajax after coming through the youth ranks.

1994: Lifts the Eredivisie for the first time and scores on international debut for Holland in Euro '96 qualifier against Luxembourg.

1995: Successfully defends Eredivisie title and also wins the Champions League, beating AC Milan in the final. Moves to Italian side Sampdoria on a one-year contract.

1996: Joins Real Madrid and wins La Liga in his first season. Part of Holland squad for Euro '96, where he misses a penalty in the quarter-final shootout defeat to France.

1998: Secures his second career Champions League title as Madrid beat Juventus in the final.

1999: December - Signs for Inter Milan for £21.65 million.

2000: Scores in the Coppa Italia final but Inter lose 2-1 on aggregate to Lazio.

2002: After winning no silverware in two years with Inter, joins rivals AC Milan. Named in UEFA's Team of the Year.

2003: Wins his first Serie A title along with his third Champions League crown. Also helps Milan win the Super Cup.

2005: Part of the Milan team beaten by Liverpool in the Champions League final after going 3-0 ahead only to lose on penalties.

2006: Recalled to the Holland squad after a two-year absence for friendly against England.

2007: Earns revenge with a 2-1 victory over Liverpool in the Champions League final to take his tally to four titles. Also wins the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

2008: Announces he will not feature in Euro 2008 due to differences with national coach Marco van Basten. Proves to be end of his international career, having scored 11 goals in 87 appearances.

2011: Wins second Serie A title with Milan.

2012: Announces he is to leave AC Milan after 10 years with the club. Later signs for Brazilian club Botafogo on a two-year deal.

2014: January 14 - Announces retirement from playing in order to become the new coach of AC Milan, who sacked Massimiliano Allegri the previous day.