Arjen Robben confirms retirement from football

The 35-year-old winger left Bayern Munich this summer after his contract expired and had been linked with a return to former clubs Groningen and PSV as well as a move to MLS.

But the former Netherlands international has instead called time on his career.

“I have been thinking a lot over the past few weeks,” he said in a press release. “As everyone knows, I took the time to make an informed decision about my future after my last Bayern Munich match. And I decided to put an end to my career as a professional football player.

“It is, without doubt, the hardest decision I have had to make in my career. A decision where heart and mind collided.

“The love for the game and the conviction that you can still handle the whole world, as opposed to the reality that not everything runs the way you want and you are no longer the 16-year-old boy who had no idea what an injury meant.

“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. I will, therefore, stop definitively, but it is good that way.”

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