Ex Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Chelsea winger Arjen Robben have decided to hang up his boots. He originally considered moving onto another team but failed to find a new club before announced his desire to quit the round leather game.
Robben disclosed that it had been one of the toughest choices he had made. He said, ‘I have decided to put an end to my career as a professional football player.
‘It is without doubt the most difficult decision I have had to make in my career… a decision in which “heart” and “mind” collided.
‘The love for the game gives you the conviction that you can still handle the whole world, as opposed to the reality that not everything works 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 want to keep it that way for the future. So I will definitely stop, but it is good that way.
Robben began his playing career at Groningen before moving onto PSV, Chelsea, Real, and Bayern. He appeared 96 times for Holland and played in the 2010 World Cup final losing 1-0 to Spain.