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July 15, 2021
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Former Netherlands ahead Arjen Robben has ended his lengthy taking part in profession after an try at a comeback final season along with his first skilled membership FC Groningen was marred by accidents.
The 37-year outdated ex-Bayern Munich, Actual Madrid and Chelsea winger stated his determination to give up was troublesome however reasonable.
“In my coronary heart I wished to hold on”, he stated in an announcement on Thursday. “However my physique didn’t give me the arrogance I wanted.”
Robben made a shock comeback when he signed a one-year take care of his boyhood membership Groningen, a 12 months after retiring with an eighth Bundesliga title at Bayern underneath his belt.
However his appearances within the Eredivisie was restricted to a handful of video games as he battled a string of accidents.
A sudden return to kind on the finish of final season rekindled hopes of a profitable comeback however in current weeks Robben stated he had realised his physique was lower than the job anymore.
“That’s why as of immediately, I’m not a participant, however a fan of our FC”, he wrote in a message to supporters.
Robben made his debut at Groningen aged 16 in 2000 and moved to PSV Eindhoven two years later earlier than becoming a member of Chelsea in 2004.
He gained 12 league titles in a glittering profession and performed 96 occasions for his nation together with within the 2010 World Cup ultimate when the Netherlands misplaced to Spain within the ultimate in Johannesburg.
(Reporting by Bart Meijer; Enhancing by Ken Ferris)