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Former Bayern, Chelsea & Real Madrid star Robben retires

Arjen Robben - Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid
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The 37-year-old Dutchman has decided to put a full stop to his over two-decade-long trophy-laden career.

Arjen Robben has announced his retirement from professional football 21 years after making his senior debut.

Robben rose through the ranks of his regional club Groningen to earn promotion to their first team in 2000 before making a move to PSV two years later where he would start gaining prominence.

The winger attracted the attention of some of Europe’s elites with his exploits at PSV and eventually signed for Chelsea for a reported €18 million in 2004.

At Chelsea, his reputation soared as he helped the team to Premier League, FA Cup, and Football League Cup titles while playing a key role in the successes.

After a two-year stint at Real Madrid, the ex-Netherlands international joined Bayern Munich where he established himself as one of the best players of his generation.

His decade-long stay at Allianz Arena was a massive success, with Champions League and multiple Bundesliga glory as well as a host of individual accolades coming his way.

Robben initially retired from football in 2019 but made a U-turn on his decision to rejoin Groningen but now it seems he has definitely decided to hang up his boots.

“Dear football friends, I have decided to stop my active football career,” the 37-year-old wrote in a Twitter post.

“A very difficult choice. I want to thank everyone for all the heartwarming support!

“Regards, Arjen.”