The great Dutchman Robben announces his retirement from football

THE HAGUE: Dutch end Arjen Robben has announced that he is finishing his playing career at the age of 35 after to period of 10 years with German giants Bayern Munich .

It is without doubt the most difficult decision I have had to make in my career, my heart says yes, my body says no, said Robben to Telegraaf.

His contract with Bayern had expired on June 30.

Robben played 96 international matches for the Netherlands, scoring 37 goals, starring the team that made it to the 2010 World Cup final and finished third four years later.

Won two Premier League low titles Jose Mourinho to Chelsea In 2005 and 2006, before claiming a medal of winner of the League with Real Madrid.

But Robben, to Groningen youth product, will be best remembered for his time to Bayern. He helped the Bavarians to eight Bundesliga crowns, five German Cups and the 2013 Champions League title, scoring 144 goals in 309 appearances for the club.

Había habido especulaciones de que Robben continuaría jugando, con un posible regreso to Inglaterra discutido, pero en lugar de eso decidió colgar sus botas.

Robben had already withdrawn from international football after the Netherlands failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.