Farewell to a legend: Henrik Larsson hangs up his boots

“It really hits you when meet all this love, I’m normally quite a cool character but right now I feel like I could cry. It’s huge to be able to end it on our home ground and it has to end some time. It’s rubbish to end things this way (with a defeat) but you can’t have everything in life… obviously there is an emptiness at present, and I need to fill that emptiness with something. I’m fortunate enough to have earned enough money to be able to sit back and not panic, but I have to do something. I can’t just glide through the rest of life.” – Henrik Larsson after playing his final match at the age of 38.

The emotional speech (in Swedish), given after Helsingborgs 2-0 defeat by Djurgardens on Wednesday night, can be seen here.