Cape Town - Louis van Gaal has called time on his football career - with his great discovery at Manchester United, Marcus Rashford, among those to pay tribute to the Dutchman
The 67-year-old, who won the FA Cup during his two seasons in charge at Old Trafford after arriving in 2014, announced his intention to leave football behind on Dutch television.
Van Gaal's trophy-laden career includes the 1995 Champions League title with first club Ajax as well as two La Liga crowns with Barcelona, a Bundesliga title with Bayern Munich as well as two spells as Holland manager - who he guided to third place at the 2014 World Cup.
"I am a pensioner now. I have no ambition to be a technical director or a TV pundit," Van Gaal told Dutch TV show VTBL.
"My wife Truus gave up her job for me 22 years ago and followed me when I went abroad. I told her I would quit as a coach when I turned 55 but instead kept going until I was 65.
"She is entitled to have a life with me outside of football. I can say she is very happy. I think I could have worked as a technical director."
United was Van Gaal's last managerial role and he was the coach who handed United star Rashford his debut as an 18-year-old. Rashford paid tribute to his former boss, tweeting: "Thank you for opening the door and trusting in me. Enjoy retirement boss."
Team-mate Anthony Martial also paid tribute to his former coach on Instagram, thanking Van Gaal for what he had taught him during their time together at Old Trafford.
The Dutchman, however, appeared to take his departure from Old Trafford badly and he regularly spoke out about his disappointment at seeing his contract at the club terminated a year early.