Bayern Munich Star Arjen Robben Announces Retirement
Arjen Robben. Getty Images

Former Real Madrid, Chelsea star Arjen Robben has confirmed his retirement from professional football after being released by Bayern Munich at the end of last season.

The Netherland international in a statement said: “I have decided to put an end to my career as a professional football player,”

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Concise News gathered that the winger made 606 appearances and scored 210 goals in a storied 19-year playing career, but the 36-year-old struggled to find a new top-tier club before making the announcement on Thursday.

“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 spent a decade at Bayern, winning eight Bundesliga titles as well as the Champions League in 2013.