Best of the Rest: Ranking the top 5 players of the Messi-Ronaldo era
#4 Arjen Robben
The Flying Dutchman as Arjen is fondly called should be closer to the Messi/Ronaldo duo but for injuries, such is his talent level.
Arjen has been front and centre of every good thing that Bayern Munich and The Netherlands have done in the past decade.
With his electric pace, ability to dribble while in full flight, intelligent positioning and a ferocious left foot, Robben has become the prototype for the modern left-footed winger preferring to play on the right-hand side of the attack where he can cut in and unleash holy hell on his favoured foot.
A UEFA Champions League winner with Bayern in 2013 (he scored the winning goal in the final), Arjen has experienced success everywhere winning league titles in The Netherlands (PSV), England (Chelsea) and Spain (Real Madrid).
Arjen has been an integral part of the Oranje setup since making his debut in 2003, scoring 34 goals in 94 appearances.
He has also experienced heartbreak, losing in the World Cup final to Spain in 2010 and missing a penalty in the 2012 UEFA Champions League final against Chelsea (it was played at Bayern’s own Allianz Arena)