It goes without saying that both Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery have had outstanding careers with Bayern Munich, but it looks like it’ll soon be coming to an end for both of them. In a visit to to a Bayern fan club in Tegernsee, Robben confirmed that this season is likely his last with the club. Additionally, Uli Hoeness reiterated the feeling that it’s going to be the last season for both Robben and Ribery during his fan club visit to Kersbach.
The two have won a bevvy of silverware with Bayern and by the end of this season, both will have been with the club for over ten seasons (10 for Robben, 12 for Ribery). Of course their fitness has been aging and both have had their injury problems in the past couple of seasons, but there can be no denying the commitment to the club they’ve shown throughout their time here. With over 700 appearances across all competitions between the two of them, as my colleague Chuck Smith put it so eloquently:
Some may dispute their current effectiveness, but no one can dispute the legacy that the wingers will leave in Bavaria after this season.
Plenty left to give this season
There have been a handful of periods within the past couple of seasons when fans and pundits alike have called for both Robben and Ribery to leave the team, but the club has stuck by their side through those difficult spells. Niko Kovac has had the unpleasant misfortune this season of a handful of crucial injuries to his squad, so he’s had to call on both Robben and Ribery perhaps more than he would’ve planned on.
Robben has scored five goals and provided two assists from a total of fifteen appearances across all competitions so far this season while Ribery has only provided a goal and an assist from eighteen appearances. Still, though, both midfielders have looked sharp recently, particularly in Bayern’s 5-1 Champions League hammering of SL Benfica when Robben scored twice and Ribery scored once. Ribery was putting in a good shift in Bayern’s 2-1 win over Werder Bremen, but was unfortunately forced to come off in the first half due to an injury. Ironically enough, Robben had been withdrawn from the lineup during warm-ups with a knee injury as well, as he was in contention to start, or come on as a substitute at the very least.
Hopefully for Bayern, both Robben and Ribery recover from their injuries quickly as we head into a busy stretch of the season to close out the hinrunde. Fixtures are going to start to mount and Kovac will definitely want to have as many options as he can.
Arjen Robben has said this will be his last year at Bayern [Omnisport]— DW Sports (@dw_sports) December 2, 2018
He scored a brace on debut against Wolfsburg in 2009
9 years later...
143 goals ⚽️
101 assists pic.twitter.com/ldBkyyMIZo
Ribery might not be just as certain as Robben just quite yet, but the end is still close, nonetheless:
Franck Ribéry hasn't yet ruled out playing for Bayern next season: "You never know what happens in life. I hope I will, but it's not only up to me" [Bild] pic.twitter.com/mbbrK58stT— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) December 2, 2018