Former Chelsea winger announces his retirement from football

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Former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben has announced his retirement from football at the age of 35.

Robben, who also played for Real Madrid, decided to hang up his boots after leaving German champions Bayern Munich at the end of last season.

Robben said: “I have decided to put an end to my career as a professional football player.

“It is without doubt the most difficult decision I have had to make in my career.

“A decision in which ‘heart’ and ‘mind’ collided.

“The love for the game gives you the conviction that you can still handle the whole world, as opposed to the reality that not everything works the way you want and you are no longer the 16-year-old boy who had no idea what an injury meant.

“At the moment I am fit and healthy and as a fan of many other sports I want to keep it that way for the future.

“So I will definitely stop, but it is good that way.”

Robben joined Chelsea from PSV in 2004 and won two Premier League titles and an FA Cup before joining Real Madrid in 2007.

He also picked up 96 caps for Holland and played in the 2010 World Cup final.

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