Former Bayern Munich Star Arjen Robben Retires from Professional Soccer

Arjen Robben of Bayern Munich. Photo by Pixathlon/REX/Shutterstock (9420484at)

Former Bayern Munich star winger Arjen Robben announced his retirement from professional soccer. Robben, who was a free agent after his contract with Bayern expired this summer, revealed his decision in a statement released to the German media on Thursday.

“I will definitely retire. And it’s good as it is,” – said Robben. “It’s the hardest decision I had to make in my career.”

Robben sparked interest from several European clubs in the past months, while it was widely speculated that he is considering playing in MLS as well. Still, the 35-year-old Dutchman believes his body isn’t ready to withstand playing at the highest level.

“My heart says yes, my body says no.” – he added. “It is a decision in which heart and mind collide. The reality is that things don’t work the way they did when you were 16.”

Arjen Robben played with PSV Eindhoven, Chelsea, and Real Madrid among other clubs before joining Bayern in 2009. During his time with Bundesliga giant, he played 305 games in all competitions and scored 143 goals. His trophy count includes seven Bundesliga titles and Champions League win in 2013.

Robben represented the Netherlands on three World Cups and three European Championships, retiring from international football in 2017. He played 96 games for the national team and scored 36 goals.