Published: Fri, July 05, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Bayern Munich great Arjen Robben announces retirement

Bayern Munich great Arjen Robben announces retirement

"It is without a doubt the most hard decision I have had to make in my career".

Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben (Front) takes a penalty shot during a German Bundesliga match between VfL Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich, in Wolfsburg, Germany, on February 17, 2018.

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

It's a decision he certainly won't regret, because Robben joined Bayern, playing in Germany for 10 seasons.

After being forced to move on Robben admitted to FourFourTwo: "it was a unusual time and I had played the best pre-season of my career, but they spent a lot of money signing Cristiano Ronaldo, Xabi Alonso, Karim Benzema and Kaka".

The former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich winger made 606 appearances scoring 210 goals during his 19-year-long playing career.

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"At the moment I'm fit and healthy and, as a fan of many other sports, I'd like to keep it that way". Robben has scored numerous goals for Bayern but his most memorable is the one against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final.

He began his career at Groningen before moving to PSV from there he signed for Chelsea for £13.1m and spent three seasons in west London, winning back-to-back Premier League titles in his last two years. In the end I chose to quit in 2017 after 96 worldwide caps. I was able to take part in six major tournaments and, in my last years, captained the team. Altogether it's an unforgettable time that I'll always cherish.

He spent over ten years at Bayern and won eight domestic titles as well as the Champions League in 2013.

"I will definitely retire".

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

In October 2017 Robben already announced his retirement from the Dutch national team.

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