Arjen Robben announces his retirement from football
Arjen Robben announces his retirement from football
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Arjen Robben announces his retirement from football

Arjen Robben has announced he is quiting football at the age of 35.

In a statement released on Thursday, the Dutchman, who spent almost two decades at the peak of European football, playing for the likes of Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, said he consciously took the time to make the decision.

"I have been thinking a lot over the past few weeks. As everyone knows, I consciously took the time to make an informed decision about my future after my last Bayern Munich match," Robben wrote.

"I [have] decided to put an end to my career as a professional soccer 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 began his career at Groningen way back in 2000, where he came through the academy there before moving to PSV Eindhoven in 2002, where he won the Eredivisie.

That was his first of 28 trophies. At the age of 21, the winger moved to Chelsea and found plenty of success in London.

He played at Stamford Bridge for just three seasons but was a real fan favourite, winning two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the League Cup.

 

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