Bayern Munich legend Arjen Robben has announced his retirement from professional football.
The 35-year-old departed the Allianz Arena at the end of last season when his contract expired and has decided to hang up his boots.
Robben started his career at Groningen before moving to PSV Eindhoven as an 18-year-old in 2002. The former Dutch star was a regular for his two seasons at the Eredivisie giants, winning the title once, before joining Roman Abramovich’s big spending Chelsea in the English Premier League two years later. He stayed at Stamford Bridge for three seasons under Jose Mourinho, winning the Premier League twice and the FA Cup once.
Real Madrid came calling in 2007 and Robben would once again win the league title in his first season at the club. However, Robben would be deemed surplus to requirements at the Santiago Bernabeu after only two seasons and headed for Bayern Munich in 2009 where he once again won the league title at the first attempt. During his decade at the Allianz Arena, which included numerous injuries, the 96-time Dutch international lifted the Bundesliga shield on eight occasions, the DFB Cup five times and scored the winning goal in the 2013 Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium.
Arjen Robben made a total of 309 appearances in all competitions for FCB, scoring 144 goals and recorded 81 assists.