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

Arnold Nichols
July 5, 2019

In a statement confirming his retirement, Robben had this to say, as serious injuries have taken their toll on his body over the years.

Robben had retired from worldwide football on 10 October 2017 following Netherland's unsuccessful World Cup qualifying campaign.

In his last match at the Allianz Arena, Robben was on target for Bayern as the German giants sealed a seventh consecutive Bundesliga title, before going on to win another domestic double the following week.

Robben began his glorious career at Groningen before signing for PSV in 2002 - winning the Eredivisie title in his first season in Eindhoven. Altogether it's an unforgettable time that I'll always cherish.

"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".

Robben won two Premier League titles, two League Cups and the FA Cup during his spell in England. "At the moment I am fit and healthy, and as a lover of many other sports, I would like to keep it that way for the future. It's time for a new chapter and I'm looking forward to spending more time together with my wife and kids and to enjoy together from all the good things that still have to come for us".

When most people talk of Robben and his success at Bayern, they soon follow it up with how pleasing it was to watch him and Ribery play on the wings.

He later went on to play for PSV Eindhoven, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in a career spanning nearly two decades.

He represented the Dutch national team 96 times and scored 36 goals before his retirement in October 2017.

PSV boss Mark Van Bommel had publically announced the club's interest in bringing former Netherlands worldwide back to Holland.

His global career never really gave him the rewards that he desired, a magnificent Spain side stopped him from winning the 2010 World Cup and somewhat after that it just went downhill with them failing to qualify for 2016 Euros and 2018 World Cup.

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