Arjen Robben has announced his retirement from football today.
The former Netherlands international initially hung up his boots in 2019 before reversing the decision to return to his first club Groningen last season.
Injuries and the coronavirus pandemic derailed the winger’s second stint. He has now announced his retirement with an emotional message on Twitter
Ik heb besloten om te stoppen met mijn actieve voetbalcarrière. Een heel moeilijke keuze. Ik wil iedereen bedanken voor alle hartverwarmende steun!
Groetjes, Arjen pic.twitter.com/aAEdxdL5tU
— Arjen Robben (@ArjenRobben) July 15, 2021
“I have decided to end my active football career,” he wrote. “It was a tough choice. I want to thank everyone for their heart-warming support!”
The club also issued a statement: “Everybody around FC Groningen hoped and wished that Robben would continue for another season – he has decided to stop after much deliberation.”
Arjen Robben stopt als voetballer van FC Groningen.
Jouw clubliefde, doorzettingsvermogen en passie is onbeschrijfelijk!💚🤍
We zijn je voor altijd dankbaar…
— FC Groningen (@fcgroningen) July 15, 2021
His illustrious career spanned two decades. He played for PSV Eindhoven, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, winning several accolades during that time.
One of the most skilful dribblers in his prime, Robben scored over 200 goals at club level and 37 for the Netherlands national team.
Along with his club success, Robben won 96 caps for the Netherlands and, although he played in the 2010 World Cup final, he was unable to lift silverware with his country.
Nowadays, almost any left-footed winger is compared to him. Robben’s trademark cut-in and shoot manoeuvre has become a signature move.
Whether we will see another winger like him, time will tell. We wish him all the best in his life post-retirement.