At 37, former Bayern Munich striker Arjen Robben announces the end of his career. Twenty years after his professional debut, the player trained in Groningen hangs up his crampons after a last adventure in the Netherlands.
It is a legend of Dutch football who says stop this Thursday. Arjen Robben, 96 caps with the Oranje and a very rich record after ten years in the jersey of Bayern Munich, announces the news on his Twitter account. After more than 700 games and 200 career goals, the right winger ends his career at the age of 37.
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Only seven games in his last season
“There is a time when you have to be honest with yourself, and this decision must be made”, he explains when he had attempted a comeback last season, finding his training club FC Groningen. He was then coming out of a one-year hiatus after his moving departure from Bayern Munich and was only able to play seven games in his final freelance, long bothered by a calf injury.
During his immense career, Robben will have won a total of 30 trophies, of which only 20 at Bayern Munich, including eight German championships and especially a Champions League, in 2013. His duet with Ribéry in Bavaria, long nicknamed “Robbéry” “, will have traumatized the Bundesliga defenses for a decade, as well as his special, hooks to transplant in the axis and get back on his left foot before rolling an unstoppable strike.
2010 World Cup finalist
On the international scene, the former merengue will have played three Euros, while there was a question that he would dispute a last one this summer. But also three World Cups culminating in a final reached in 2010, lost to Spain in overtime, four years before failing in the semi-final against Argentina.
Fourth in the 2014 Ballon d’Or, Robben was revealed to Chelsea between 2004 and 2007 where he was notably double champion of England. “A very difficult decision, because reason and emotion were directly opposed, he wrote on his Twitter account. The heart of football wanted to continue, especially with the ultimate goal of a Euro in perspective.” His last career match was therefore on May 13 against AZ Alkmaar.