Ex-Bayern Munich and Chelsea star Arjen Robben has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 37.
Robben initially decided to hang up his boots in 2019 after his final season at Bayern but performed a U-turn a year later by returning to Groningen – the club where he initially began his career in 2000.
Although the Eredivisie outfit reportedly offered the winger the chance to sign a fresh one-year deal earlier this summer, he has opted to walk away from the game permanently after an injury-ravaged 2020-21 campaign.
Robben has confirmed the news in an official statement on his social media accounts, while also posting a short message to his followers.
“Dear football friends, I have decided to stop my active football career,” the caption on his latest Twitter post reads.
“A very difficult choice. I want to thank everyone for all the heartwarming support!