Arjen Robben retires: Bayern Munich and Netherlands legend hangs up boots

Breaking Arjen Robben announces retirement

Former Dutch footballer Arjen Robben announced his retirement from professional football on Thursday after being released by Bayern Munich at the end of last season.

The 35-year-old Robben, who was thought to be looking for a new club after playing his last game for Bayern in May, says in a statement, "I have chose to put an end to my career as a professional football player".

"This has been without a doubt the hardest decision I had to make in my career, a decision in which "heart" and "head" bumped into each other".

"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".

"It is now time for the next chapter and I'm looking forward to spending more time with my wife and children and enjoy all the good things that lie ahead for us".

"I have made a decision to put an end to my career as a professional football player", Robben said in a statement.

He has played for football heavyweights Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

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Robben also won the Champions League with Bayern in 2013.

After a second impressive campaign with the northern club, PSV lured him to Eindhoven, where he spent two seasons and won an Eredivisie title before Chelsea bought him in 2004 for around €18 million. Eventually I said goodbye in 2017 after 96 worldwide matches.

Robben rose through the Groningen youth system to make his debut at the age of 16 and was named the club's player of the year in his maiden season with the first team.

"I got to play six big tournaments and was the captain during my last years with the team". All in all an unforgettable time that I will always cherish. This only requires a certain attitude and of course costs a lot of energy, especially if it doesn't work out the way you want and you have to fight back after a setback.

"Therefore, I'd like to thank my family for their unconditional support, understanding and love".

Robben played 96 worldwide matches for the Netherlands, scoring 37 goals, and starred in the team which reached the 2010 World Cup final and finished third four years later.

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