End Of An Era: The Legend Of The Bald Headed Assassin
Sad news for Bayern and Dutch football fans or any football fan really: Arjen Robben, former Dutch international, has retired from the sport at age 35.
Robben was the king of the right flank, a man whose move was the most predictable in football but also one of the most unstoppable; That run from the right side of the filed into the outside of the box to shoot with his left to the far post was as predictable as it was unstoppable.
But, how did he forge his way to becoming one of the greatest wingers of his generation? The Dutch man started his professional career with Groningen; in the Dutch city he became Player of The Year after his outstanding performances with the first team in the 2000/01 Eredivisie season. His impressive display of dribbling skills, speed, and crossing ability at such a young age, made Eredivisie rivals, PSV, sign the young star just 2 years after his professional debut. With them, he became the Netherlands' Young Player of the Year, once again, and won an Eredivisie title. Just like he captivated the attention of PSV, many European clubs began to call at Roben's door.
In 2004 he joined Chelsea.... And he was remarkable! Many blues fans will remember his greatness in the Premier League. Robben's Chelsea debut was delayed because of injury, but upon returning to fitness, he helped Chelsea bring home 2 consecutive Premier League titles. After a third season in England which was highlighted by injury Robben became a "Galactico", after he made his dream move to Spanish giants Real Madrid for £33 million. His time there wasn't the best of his career, however, as only two years later Real Madrid brought Cristiano Ronaldo in to replace the winger.
His bad performances at the Bernabeu made him lose his starter role in the team and on the lookout for a new chance he moved to the club in which his legend would be cemented; Bayern Munich Signed Robben in August 2009 for £23 million. And the rest is history....
In his first season in Munich, Bayern won the league title, Robben's 5th league title in 8 years, he also scored the winning goal in the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final, being named to the Team of The Year. He was won 20 trophies since joining the Bavarians!
His international career was also outstanding, becoming arguably the best Dutch player in one of the country's greatest generations.
He played in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final, which, unfortunately, the Netherlands lost to Spain. Later on, in 2014, he was named to the FIFPro World XI and the UEFA Team of the Year once again, and came in 4th for the Ballon d'Or that year. Close one, Robb!
A player with a legacy as shiny as his head. His signature move is the stuff of legends; Robben would pick up the ball on the right and drive towards to the box on the outside of the defense and shoot with his left into the far post. From the second he got the ball on the right every single person watching knew what he was going to do and even knowing it there was no way to stop him. Even if he was in the rival team, it was a g joy to watch the bald headed assassin ripping defenses apart.
Sadly, his time has come, and this Thursday, 4th of July, the legendary Dutch winger announced that he's retiring at the age of 35, after 19 years of professional football. A great player, who, despite all the trophies, has needed to overcame more serious problems outside the world of football. After joining Chelsea from PSV Eindhoven, he had a cancer scare when doctors said they had found a lump in one of his testicles and decided to operate.
Robben has been something sensational, a relentless player's whose energy was contagious and whose playing style was as legendary as it was obvious, regardless he will remain one of if not the the best winger of his generation. LONG LIVE THE LEGEND