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Dutch legend Robben retires again

Legendary Netherlands winger Arjen Robben has retired from football for the second time after deciding not to spend a second season playing for Dutch club Groningen.

Robben, who made 96 appearances for Holland, thanked fans for the ‘heartwarming support’ after confirming his decision to quit the game on Twitter.

The 37-year-old originally hung up his boots in July 2019 after leaving Bayern but made a shock return to the game in June 2020 and return to his first club Groningen.

But after playing only a handful of games for the Eredivisie side, the former Chelsea and Real Madrid forward has now called time on his career.

Robben wrote: “Dear football friends, I have decided to stop my active football career. A very difficult choice. I want to thank everyone for all the heart-warming support.”

It brings the curtain down on an outstanding career that saw Robben win league titles in England, Holland, Spain and Germany as well as help his country to a World Cup final.

He was also part of the Bayern Munich team that won the Champions League in 2013, scoring a last minute winner to defeat Borussia Dortmund at Wembley.

A quick and skilful winger, Robben made a habit of cutting infield onto his right foot and curling shots into the top corner.

He was an integral part of the Dutch team that reached the final of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, losing 1-0 to Spain. They followed that up by finishing third at the 2014 finals in Brazil.

In total, Robben scored 37 times in 96 games for the Oranje, while his club record for Groningen, PSV Eindhoven, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich stands at 209 goals and 193 assists in 614 matches.

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