Arjen Robben of the Netherlands has retired from professional football once again and this time around, it could be for good. The 37-year-old football star announced his retirement on Twitter on Thursday, July 15, 2021.
Recall that in 2019, the 37-year-old Dutch footballer announced that he has retired from professional football. However, on July 1, 2020, he decided to return to football. This time around, he decided to return to his childhood club Groningen.
He spent the 2020-2021 season at the Dutch club and he could not do much due to injury issues. Due to his inability to maintain fitness, he had to bow out of the game again.
“I have decided to end my active football career, it was a very difficult choice. I want to thank everyone for their heart-warming support”, he wrote on Twitter.
Beste voetbalvrienden,— Arjen Robben (@ArjenRobben) July 15, 2021
Ik heb besloten om te stoppen met mijn actieve voetbalcarrière. Een heel moeilijke keuze. Ik wil iedereen bedanken voor alle hartverwarmende steun!
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Arjen Robben and his achievements in football
Arjen Robben was one of the fiercest wingers of his generation. He played at some of the biggest clubs across Europe between 2001 and 2021. Some of the European giants he played for include: Chelsea, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich.
During his illustrious career, the football star scored 209 goals and provided 166 assists for all the clubs he played for before he retired for the second time on Thursday.
Arjen Robben won two Premier League titles, two league cups, and an FA Cup during his time at Chelsea. While at Real Madrid, he won one La Liga and one Supercopa de España.
The Dutch football legend enjoys more title wins at Bayern Munich between 2009 and 2019. During that period, Robben helped the club to win 8 Bundesliga titles, five DFB-Pokal, five DFL-Supercup, one UEFA Champions League, and one UEFA Super Cup.
For Netherlands national team, the Dutchman played 96 times for the team between 2003 and 2017. During that period, he scored 37 goals.
Meet Arjen Robben’s wife Bernadien Eillert
Throughout Arjen Robben’s illustrious football career, he had Bernadien Eillert by his side. The two friends became husband and wife on June 9, 2007.
The relationship between Arjen Robben’s wife Bernadien Eillert started when they were in high school in Groningen, their hometown in the Netherlands.
One year after they got married, Robben and Bernadien gave birth to their first child in 2008 named Luka. In 2012, they welcomed a son named Kai, two years after they welcomed their daughter named Lynn.
Arjen Robben’s wife Bernadien Eillert was born in Groningen, Netherlands, in 1984. She followed her husband from London to Madrid, from Madrid to Munich, and then back to their hometown, Groningen.
Aside from being known as the wife of Arjen Robben, Bernadien is said to be working for the Foundation Stichting Aktie Benin (FSAB). She has proven to be loyal to her husband throughout the footballer’s 21 years football career.