Fans remember Arjen Robben for his dedication to the game, his honesty and his sportsmanship. The Dutch international, who represented clubs like Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich is one of the most decorated footballers of his country and generation.
He could have had a World Cup Winners’ medal to his name, had he finished on that night in the World Cup Final against Spain. However, despite that loss, Robben stands out to be a marquee player in Bayern ranks and has scored goals that stunned fans and oppositions alike. We take a look at 5 such goals from the Dutch wizard.
5. Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid, 2009 Friendly
Arjen Robben was donning the colors of a star-studded Real Madrid team that lined up against Dortmund in a friendly. However, Robben in no way let loose as he took on the Germans and unleashed a brilliant volley from outside the box on a rebound from a Kaka corner.
The goal made Bayern sit up and take notice, who later signed the winger and he went on to become a legend in Bavaria.
4. RB Leipzig v Bayern Munich, 2017-18 Bundesliga
RB Leipzig had put up a terrific fight against holders Bayern Munich in this Bundesliga showdown. With the score locked at an amazing 4-4 into extra time, Robben’s solo goal was the perfect example of why he is so highly rated and respected in all of German football.
The Dutch international took the ball from the halfway line, showed immense desire and pace to speed past one defender, before dribbling past another and shooting past the goalkeeper.
3. Manchester United v Bayern Munich, 2010-11 UEFA Champions League
A meeting between German heavyweights Bayern and English giants Manchester United is always a feisty occasion, and that too in the Champions League – the scene couldn’t have been better weighed in the Dutch’s favour.
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Having spent a season at Chelsea, Robben knew the ins and outs of English football and it was on this night that he stunned Chelsea’s arch-rivals Manchester United with a volley from just inside the box.
2. Bayern Munich v Arsenal, 2016-17 UEFA Champions League
Arsenal were paired against Bayern in the Round of 16 of the Champions League and the English side put up quite a solid display defensively in the first half. They were seemingly difficult to break down, were compact at the back and Bayern kept probing.
The Dutch maestro broke the deadlock with a signature strike off his left foot, the kind that has given him over half of his career goals. This one was special, the accuracy and pace taking the ball past the Arsenal goalkeeper.
1. Bayern Munich v Fiorentina, 2010-11 UEFA Champions League
Fiorentina were subjected to a brilliant Arjen Robben strike from distance, over 30 yards out when Robben received the ball on the right, cut back on his left, beat one defender and shot from within a jumble of five opposition defenders into the goal.
Robben has always chosen European nights to give his best for his team and this was no exception, a thunderous strike that fans will remember for ages.