Dutch winger and Bayern Munich legend, Arjen Robben has announced his retirement from professional football.
The Netherlands captain, in a statement, on Thursday stated:
“It is without doubt the hardest decision I have had to make in my career.”
The 35 year old ending his playing career with German giants Bayern Munich, after his contract expired on June 30.
The Dutchman spent almost two decades at the peak of European football, playing for the likes of Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
Robben played 96 international matches for the Netherlands, scoring 37 goals, and starred in the team which reached the 2010 World Cup final and finished third four years later.
He won two Premier League titles under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea in 2005 and 2006, before claiming a La Liga winner’s medal with Real Madrid.
But Robben, a Groningen youth product, will be best remembered for his time at Bayern.
He helped the Bavarians to win eight Bundesliga crowns, five German Cups and the 2013 Champions League title, scoring 144 goals in 309 appearances for the club.