Dutch Legend Arjen Robben Retires

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Ex-Bayern Munich’s Dutch midfielder Arjen Robben reacts through the German first division Bundesliga soccer match FC Bayern Munich v Hanover 96 in Munich, southern Germany on May 4, 2019. Christof STACHE / AFP


Dutch soccer nice Arjen Robben introduced his retirement from his youth membership FC Groningen on Thursday, ending an illustrious profession spanning twenty years.

Considered to be the most effective wingers of his technology, Robben rejoined FC Groningen final yr after stints that noticed him win accolades at Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, in later years.

“I’ve decided to stop with my active football career,” Robben stated in a Tweet.

“It was a difficult choice,” stated the 37-year-old of his resolution, which was additionally confirmed by FC Groningen.

“Everybody around FC Groningen hoped and wished that Robben would continue for another season, he has decided to stop after much deliberation,” the membership stated in a press release.

One of the quickest and most skillful dribblers in his prime, with a devastating left foot, Robben scored greater than 200 objectives at membership stage and 37 for the Netherlands, the final in opposition to Sweden in Amsterdam in October 2017.

After his debut at FC Groningen through the 2000-01 season, Robben transferred to PSV in 2002-03.

His first abroad switch got here two years later when he went to Chelsea and performed an essential position in serving to the west London membership win the English Premier League in 2005-06.

Robben moved to Real Madrid in 2007 for a reported price of round 35 million euros, earlier than becoming a member of Bayern in 2009, the place he performed a serious position within the southern German membership’s success.

The bald Dutchman scored his final league aim for Bayern in May 2019, amassing 99 objectives in 201 Bundesliga matches.

Robben stated a month later he would retire, however he was lured again to play for FC Groningen final yr.

Playing for the Netherlands, Robben had a serious half in propelling the Dutch workforce to a World Cup closing in South Africa in 2010 and a 3rd place end within the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

But the winger had been plagued all through his profession by harm.

“Looking back on the past season, I have to come to the honest conclusion that the number of match minutes was disappointing,” Robben stated Thursday.

“The football heart wants to continue…, but the decision to quit is fair and realistic,” Robben stated.


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