Dutch national, Arjen Robben, has announced his retirement from football at age 37.
The ex-Bayern Munich winger made this known on Thursday via his social media accounts:
He wrote, “Dear football friends, I have decided to stop my active football career.
“A very difficult choice. I want to thank everyone for all the heartwarming support!
This is the second time that the 37-year-old has announced his decision to hang up his boots, the first time was in July 2019 following the end of the 2018/19 Bundesliga season in which Bayern Munich finished in first place.
However, Robben did not follow through on his decision to retire after the first announcement, as he returned to Groningen, the club where he began his career in 2000.
Although Groningen has reportedly offered Robben the chance to sign a new one-year deal, he has chosen to retire permanently after an injury-ravaged 2020-21 campaign.
Robben is left-footed and typically played on the right flank in attack. He is known for his dribbling skills, pace, ball control, and his long-range shots, and is currently considered to be one of the greatest in his position.
In his ten-year stint at Bayern, Robben played 201 matches and registered a 99-tally.
In his first season at Bayern, he won the league title. He also won the 2013 UEFA Champions League, scoring the winning goal in the final against Borussia Dortmund. He likewise was named to the UEFA Squad of the Season.
At Bayern, he scored 144 goals over 309 matches and won 20 trophies, including 8 Bundelisga titles and 8 DFB Pokals.
For his national team, The Netherlands, Robben had 96 appearances and scored 37 goals.
He was part of The Netherlands’ team that lost to Spain in the 2010 FIFA World Cup final. In this tournament, he won the Bronze Ball and was named in the All-Star Team.