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Nicklas Bendtner has confirmed his retirement from professional football at the age of 33.
The 33-year-old striker, who made 81 appearances for Denmark during a 12-year international career, made a name for himself during memorable spells at Arsenal, Juventus, Wolfsburg and Rosenborg, to name just a few.
He most recently joined Tarnby FF's 'M+32 Old Boys' team - a club that competes in Denmark's fourth division - but after just a handful of appearances for the club, he has decided to hang up his boots for good.
Bendtner, who is currently starring in his own reality television show alongside model girlfriend Philine Roepstorff, opened up about his decision to retire during a recent episode.
"I miss it every day, but I am also aware that there is an end date in this job," he told Bendtner & Philine on Discovery.
"I think I'll spend a lot of time understanding that it's really over now. I will find something else that gives me what football has given me in all the years."
Nicklas Bendtner has retired from football today, throwback to when he set an English record by scoring only 1.8 seconds after coming on as a late substitute against Spurs #NLD- Throwback Arsenal (@ThrowbackAFC) June 3, 2021
The former Denmark international will remain in football after revealing he is currently completing his coaching badges.
"Football is a big part of my life and I can not leave it," he added. "That is why I am in the process of taking the coaching education. I hope it will give me as much or maybe more than it did as a player.
"That way, I will always be a part of football."
The former Arsenal striker was without a club for a number of months last year after leaving Danish outfit Copenhagen in 2019.
He lasted just three months at the Danish Superliga side, signing in September and leaving in the following December.
"There is no doubt that I had a dream that it would turn into more playing time and maybe a longer deal," he said after leaving.
"But I fully respect the decision made by Stale [Solbakken, Copenhagen manager], and I do not regret in any way that I got this time.
"Now I want to think about my future and think carefully about whether I should try a new adventure in the football world or stop and start some new adventures in life."
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