Arjen Robben finishes his active football career - sports
- Arjen Robben announces the end of his active football career.
- The Dutchman will join after his departure from Bayern no new club.
Arjen Robben has ended his professional career with immediate effect. In a personal statement, the 35-year-old speaks of the toughest decision he had to make in his career. It had been a decision between heart and mind, but he had decided for his health.
The statement in the text:
"It's July again, the time a footballer is usually busy preparing for the new season, not me, I've been thinking a lot in the last few weeks, everyone knows I went for my last game Bayern München deliberately took the time to make a well-considered decision about my future, and I have decided to put an end to my career as a professional footballer.
This is undoubtedly the most difficult decision I 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 do everything, against the reality that not everything goes as you want, and you're no longer the 16-year-old boy who still has no idea what an injury means. At the moment I am fit and healthy and as a friend of many other sports I want to keep it that way in the future. I definitely stop, but that's a good thing. In December 2000, my football adventure began as a player from FC Groningen. The career that came out of it, I could only have dreamed. FC Groningen, PSV (Eindhoven), Chelsea, Real Madrid and finally Bayern Munich. And not to forget, my time at Oranje. Maybe it's a cliché, but there's nothing better than playing for his country.
In 2017, after 96 international matches, I said goodbye. I was allowed to play six tournaments and be captain in my last years. All together an unforgettable time that I will always cherish. It is still too early to look back in detail at my entire career, but now pride and gratitude prevail. I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart who helped. My parents, sister, family, friends, my personal coaching team, all clubs, teammates, coaches, doctors, press and fans. Anyone who has supported me all these years and made me the footballer and man I am today.
I lived for 19 years for my passion and tried to get the most out of it. This requires a certain attitude and actually costs a lot of energy, especially if it just does not go as you want. Top athletes are known for their selfish attitude, and I was no exception.
That's why I want to thank my family for their unconditional support, understanding and love. It's time for the next chapter and I'm looking forward to spending more time with my wife and children and enjoying all the beauty that lies ahead. "
The past second round had almost completely missed seals for injuries. Only in the last two games he came to use. In his last game in the Munich Arena he scored against Frankfurt - Robben won with FC Bayern once again championship and trophy.
The 96-time international has been repeatedly bruised from injury in his long career. In 2009, Robben moved to Munich, for the German record champions he played 201 Bundesliga games (99 goals), 32 games in the DFB Cup (16 goals) and 110 missions in the Champions League (31 goals). The highlight was winning the Champions League 2013 with his winning goal at Wembley Stadium against Borussia Dortmund.
Together with Franck Ribéry, he formed a formative wing duo for ten years. Bayern President Uli Hoeneß joined the two "in the phalanx of the very big" to Beckenbauer, Müller, Matthäus or Kahn. Ribéry wants to continue playing, but still has no club.