Former Chelsea player and Bayern Munich legend Arjen Robben has refused to rule out the possibility of coming out of retirement for one final stint. The former Netherlands international retired from professional football this summer after having suffered from injury problems during recent years.
“Maybe in one or two months I’ll have a strange feeling that I miss the whole thing too much and will decide I have to go back,” Robben said as quoted by Goal.
“But of course it doesn’t get any easier the longer you’re retired. I do not rate the chances (of returning) very highly.”
Robben called it a day aged 35. While he was not the same player that he was during the heyday of his career, many felt that he was retiring early. He could have potentially been a first-team regular in the Chinese Super League or MLS and even could have been a good squad rotation player for many club’s which are playing in one of Europe’s top five Leagues.
During his final season with Munich, he went on to make 19 appearances in all competitions and scored six goals. The stats are not bad for a player who is in his mid 30’s. Robben was regarded as one of the most dynamic wingers of the modern generation. During the heyday of his career, he spearheaded the Netherlands to the final of the 2010 World Cup and semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup. He also won eight Bundesliga titles with Munich and famously helped the Bavarian club to win the Champions League in 2013.
Robben played for Chelsea over three years
Robben spent three years with Chelsea between 2004-2007. He went on to make 67 League appearances for the Blues, scoring 15 goals. Though seemingly forgotten by many Blues fans, he helped the club to win two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and two League Cup titles.
He was eventually sold to Real Madrid during the summer of 2007 before joining Munich during the summer of 2009 where he went on to play the best football of his career and become a club legend.