Amsterdam: Former Bayern Munich and Chelsea star Arjen Robben on Thursday announced his retirement from professional football.
Aged 37, Robben had earlier decided to hang up his boots in 2019 after a final season at Bayern Munich, but he did a U-turn one year later by returning to Groningen, reported Goal.com. “Dear football friends, I have decided to stop my active football career,” Robben said in a tweet.
“A very difficult choice. I want to thank everyone for all the heartwarming support! Regards, Arjen,” he added.
Robben had made his league debut for Groningen in the match against PSV back in September, but he had to be substituted after 28 minutes due to a serious calf injury.
He was one of Europe’s most feared forwards in his peak times. He ended his career with an impressive trophy. Robben won eight Bundesliga titles and five German Cups in a decade with Bayern Munich before announcing retirement, albeit for a short time.
Robben had added six more trophies to his collection during his stint with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, including two Premier League titles and the FA Cup.
Real Madrid then signed the star and he won a league and Supercopa de Espana doubles in his first year with the Blancos.
Robben spent three years with Chelsea before moving to Munich. He won two Premier League titles, two League Cups, and the FA Cup, scoring 19 goals in 109 appearances. After Chelsea, he spent two years at Real Madrid, where he was a member of the 2008 La Liga and Spanish Super Cup-winning team.
After Real Madrid, Robben joined Bayern Munich and his game went to another level at Munich as he scored 144 goals and he also managed to win 20 trophies during his stint with the club.
Apart from his success at the club level, Robben won 96 caps for the Netherlands and scored 37 goals. He featured in the Netherlands’ run to the 2010 FIFA World Cup final, only to finish second best to eventual champions Spain.