Netherlands Legend Arjen Robben Announces Retirement From Football
Former Bayern Munich forward Arjen Robben has decided to hang his boots at the age of 35.
Arjen Robben, one of the deadliest forwards of this decade has decided to hang up his boots. He played his last season at FC Bayern Munich winning the Bundesliga with them. His contract expired at Bayern at the end of the 2018/19 season and he was linked with a move to his former club PSV Eindhoven and also the MLS.
He said in a press release “I have been thinking a lot over the past few weeks. As everyone knows, I took the time to make an informed decision about my future after my last Bayern Munich match. And I decided to put an end to my career as a professional football player.
“It is without doubt the hardest decision I have had to make in my career. A decision where heart and mind collided.
“The love for the game and the conviction that you can still handle the whole world, as opposed to the reality that not everything runs the way you want and you are no longer the 16-year-old boy who had no idea what an injury meant. At the moment I am fit and healthy and as a fan of many other sports I would like to keep it that way for the future. I will therefore stop definitively, but it is good that way.”
Robben came through the youth academy of F.C Groningen and made his first team debut at the age of 16. He was named the best player of the year in his first season with the club.
His impressive spells at Groningen earned him a transfer to PSV Eindhoven where he played for two seasons and won an Eridivisie title.
Soon, Chelsea came calling and he was transferred for a fee of €18 million in 2004. He won the premier league and FA cup once, while the league cup twice during his 3 years at the Stamford bridge. In 2007, Real Madrid paid €35 million for him to take him to the Santiago Bernabeau, where he won the La liga in his maiden season. However, he had a short stint with the Galacticos and went to Bayern Munich for €25 million only after a year in Madrid.
He made 309 appearances and scored 144 goals for the Germans in his 10 year long spell at the club. His trophy cabinet only got huge at the Bavarian club as he won eight Bundesliga titles, five DFB-Pokals, the Champions League and a UEFA Super Cup.
He played an important part in Netherlands’ road to the final of 2010 World Cup. Robben made 96 appearance for his country scoring 36 goals. He retired from international football in 2017.
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