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Dutch great Arjen Robben announces retirement from football

Dutch great Arjen Robben announces retirement from football

The 35-year-old Robben, who was thought to be looking for a new club after playing his last game for Bayern in May, says in a statement, Thursday, July 4, 2019, "I have made a decision to put an end to my career as a professional football player".

During his 10-season spell at Bayern, Robben won the UEFA Champions League in 2013. A decision in which "heart" and "mind" collided.

"The love for the game and the conviction that you can still take over the world, versus the reality that it doesn't always go like you want it to and that you're no longer a 16-year-old boy, who doesn't know what it's like to be injured".

Internationally, Robben was capped 96 times by the Oranje, appearing at three World Cups and three Euros before retiring from global football following the Netherlands' failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Robben had previously announced he would be leaving Bayern, but it was unclear whether he would continue playing or retire.

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"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".

He has also won the cup of the Champions' League with Bavaria, scoring a triumphant goal during the final of the 2012-13 season.

Following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, Robben left for Bayern in 2009 with one La Liga title under his belt - only to earn his legendary status in the Bundesliga. "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". Quickly establishing himself as a force in the Premier League, Robben's Blues won back-to-back titles and he was named to the 2004-2005 PFA Team of the Year.

Robben has been beset with injury, particularly in his last seasons in the German Bundesliga. Robben has announced his retirement from soccer.

Throughout his club career, Robben scored 209 goals in 602 appearances in total.