he Dutchman Arjen Robben has announced his definitive retirement at the age of 37. The former Groningen, PSV Eindhoven, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich player, who now played again in his home club, Groningen, has made official on Thursday his decision to hang up his boots and leave soccer.The former international 'oranje' has communicated his decision through his official Twitter account, in which he has described as 'very difficult' the decision to end his career.
One of the main reasons for this was the injuries he suffered throughout his career, which in his last few games led him to realize that he no longer had the necessary quality to continue.
Through a statement shared on his official social networks he expressed his arguments that led him to this decision.
This is how he said goodbye to soccer: "Dear soccer friends, I have decided to quit my soccer career [...] For me it was important to keep the physical condition I had months before and not to go back too far. It's just that my body didn't give me good feelings and the confidence I needed, that's why I decide to stop."
The last team Arjen Robben played for was F. C. Groningen in the Dutch Eredivisie. Previously he had already retired from soccer, in 2019 he took some time off and in 2020 he returned to conclude his career a year later.
In Mexico, the news caused different fans of the Mexican National Team to remember that play between Rafa Márquez and Robben in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The Dutchman was the creator of the emblematic phrase "it was not a penalty" that infuriated all the Aztec fans. Many will remember that great scene:
His extensive list of honors includes:
1 Dutch League
1 Dutch Super Cup
1 League Cup
1 Community Shield
1 FA Cup
1 English League Cup
1 Spanish League
1 Spanish Super Cup
5 German Cups
5 German Supercups
1 Champions League
1 European Super Cup.
With the Netherlands National Team he was proclaimed World Cup runner-up in South Africa 2010, losing in the final against Spain by 1-0. In that match Robben had a very clear chance when he stood alone against Casillas, who deflected his shot with the tip of his right foot.In total, between club and national team matches, he has played 706 official matches, in which he scored 246 goals and distributed 188 assists.