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Long farewell is fitting for Thompson: CEO

Archie Thompson's last two games for Melbourne Victory will function as a prolonged farewell reminiscent of Australian music icon John Farnham, the club's chief executive says.

Ian Robson batted away suggestions on Wednesday that Victory "off-loaded" the 37-year-old A-League star, saying the focus should be on Thompson's extraordinary contribution since the league began.

Thompson tearfully announced last weekend he would leave Victory at the end of the season, but that he was not retiring from professional football.

"The league is only 11 years old, but if people think about the first decade of the A-league and you talk in terms of players, I think you've got to talk Archie Thompson," Robson told sports radio station SEN.

"And that's a legacy that's unlikely ever, ever to be replicated."

Thompson has kicked 90 goals in the A-league and been part of three Victory premiership wins.

After spending most of 2016 on the bench, Thompson kicked the winning goal in his team's match against Gamba Osaka on Tuesday night.

"We should be now talking about celebrating and thanking Archie for his extraordinary contribution," said Robson.

"It's a prolonged farewell. It's not quite as long as Johnnie Farnham's farewell tours but its a fantastic opportunity to celebrate Archie."

SEN presenter Kevin Bartlett pushed Robson on Thompson's departure.

"(The) greatest scorer in the history of the A league (and) Victory's greatest ever player and we've offloaded him," he said.

"Ultimately, I think Kevin (Muscat - Victory's boss) has made a call that we want to move in another direction and I think that's the call that absolutely he's entitled and empowered to make," Robson said.

He said there was no doubt that "somewhere Archie Thompson will be playing football next year".