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19-year career ends

Arjen Robben retires

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After leaving Bayern, ‘Mr Wembley’ is hanging up his boots. Robben announced his retirement in a personal message on Thursday. “I’m definitely stopping, but it’s good that way,” said the 35-year-old, who said it was “without doubt the most difficult decision I have had to make in my career”.

Robben made his professional debut in the year 2000 for FC Groningen, but he spent the largest chunk of his career at the record German champions. From 2009 to this summer, he shaped an era, the crowning moment of which was the treble success in 2013. The winger made a total of 309 competitive appearances for FCB and racked up 144 goals and 81 assists.

“For 19 years I’ve lived for my passion and tried to get the maximum out of it,” continued the Dutchman. “That requires a certain attitude and consumes a lot of energy, particularly when it’s not going your way. I’m looking forward to spending more time with my wife and children, and to all the nice things that lie ahead,” he added.

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