Samoan-Australian Soccer Legend Tim Filiga Cahill has hung his soccer boots up.
The 38-year-old played his final game last night for the Australia Socceroos as they played Lebanon at Sydney’s ANZ stadium. His family and extended family were there to support him in his farewell.
Cahill says he was overwhelmed with emotion last night as he said goodbye.
“I found it very difficult to keep my emotions in and it’s the first time in my career that I’ve cried on the football pitch and I’m proud of it.”
Cahill, whose Samoan family is from Salailua, Savai’i, has enjoyed a stellar career spanning two decades.
Having represented Samoa Under 20’s, Cahill’s talent eventually led him to sign up to the Everton Club in England’s Premiere League. There, a legacy was born.
As Australia’s all-time leading goal scorer, Cahill has played in four Soccer World Cups.
The multi-millionaire has also had club stints at Shanghai Shenua in China and Melbourne city FC.
On Instagram today, Cahill paid tribute to his Samoan mother Sisifo Cahill and English-Australian father Tim Cahill Senior.
“My parents have taught me everything I know. Thanks Mum and Dad. Seeing them work their whole life has kept me motivated to always be grateful for everything I have,” he posted.
Cahill has always been fiercely proud of his Samoan heritage sporting his Taulima (tattoo sleeve) with pride and visiting the motherland often.
An inspiring role model to Samoan and Australian kids alike, Tim has also helped run soccer clinics in Samoa introducing the sport to young enthusiasts there.
He was instrumental in organising appeals, with the help of his sponsors, for the victims of the 2009 Samoa Tsunami.
During his career he also launched his own fashion line and an autobiography named Legacy.
He is cousins with former Toa Samoa Rugby League representatives Ben Roberts and Antonio Winterstein.