Former Netherlands winger Arjen Robben on Sunday said it was a “real struggle” to complete his first marathon in Rotterdam, even though he finished with a very respectable time.
The 38-year-old former Bayern Munich player crossed the line in three hours 13 minutes 57 seconds.
Tokyo Olympic silver medallist Abdi Nageeye sealed victory in a Dutch record 2:04:56.
Robben, who had cramps in his legs, said: “It wasn’t fun, it really wasn’t fun.
“I made it, but that was it. It was a real struggle.”
Robben retired from professional football last year for a second time after a short spell with Groningen.
He ran the course with former speed skating world champion and experienced runner Erben Wennemars by his side for motivation.