Former Netherlands ahead Arjen Robben has ended his lengthy enjoying profession after an try at a comeback final season together with his first skilled membership FC Groningen was marred by injuries.
The 37-year outdated ex-Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Chelsea winger stated his choice to stop was tough however sensible. “In my heart I wanted to carry on”, he stated in a press release on Thursday.
“But my body did not give me the confidence I needed.” Robben made a shock comeback when he signed a one-year cope with his boyhood membership Groningen, a 12 months after retiring with an eighth Bundesliga title at Bayern below his belt.
But his appearances within the Eredivisie was restricted to a handful of video games as he battled a string of injuries. A sudden return to kind at the tip of final season rekindled hopes of a profitable comeback however in latest weeks Robben stated he had realised his physique was lower than the job anymore.
Ik heb besloten om te stoppen met mijn actieve voetbalcarrière. Een heel moeilijke keuze. Ik wil iedereen bedanken voor alle hartverwarmende steun!
Groetjes, Arjen pic.twitter.com/aAEdxdL5tU
— Arjen Robben (@ArjenRobben) July 15, 2021
“That’s why as of today, I am no longer a player, but a fan of our FC”, he wrote in a message to supporters.
Robben made his debut at Groningen aged 16 in 2000 and moved to PSV Eindhoven two years later earlier than becoming a member of Chelsea in 2004. He gained 12 league titles in a glittering profession and performed 96 occasions for his nation together with within the 2010 World Cup remaining when the Netherlands misplaced to Spain within the remaining in Johannesburg.