Known for his trademark “cut and shoot” technique, Arjen Robben is a Dutch professional footballer currently playing for Bundesliga side FC Bayern München. He was born on 23 January 1984 in Bedum, Netherlands. Robben plays primarily as a right winger and sometimes switches to the left. He has also tracked back and played right midfield. Robben is considered to be one of the world’s best wingers and is known for his blistering pace and crossing abilities.
Robben started playing football from quite an early age and his talent was immense. This prompted local club FC Groningen to sign him. It took very little time for Robben to find a place in the starting XI and he soon played his way to a better club in the Netherlands, PSV Eindhoven.
He has represented the following teams - FC Groningen, PSV Eindhoven, Chelsea, Real Madrid, FC Bayern München, Netherlands.
Robben made his professional debut in the Eredivisie on 3 December 2000 for FC Groningen, coming on as a substitute for Leonardo dos Santos.
At just the age of 19, Robben made his international debut for Netherlands in a friendly against Portugal.
Rise to Glory
After making his international debut in 2003, Robben got a chance to be a part of the squad for the Euro 2004 Cup. He received his first competitive appearance in a 3-2 loss against Czech Republic, but he was only a 66th minute substitute.
Robben was then selected to play his first World Cup in 2006, where he received two Player of the Match awards, making him the first to receive that kind of an honour. He had scored two goals in the qualifiers which earned him a place in the starting XI.
In 2008, Robben played the European Cup for the second time in his career. He was remembered for his performance against France, where he scored a goal and assisted one in a 3-1 win. The 2010 World Cup was perhaps the most memorable one for the fans of the Dutch maestro. He helped his side reach the finals, where they lost to Spain 1-0. Robben had scored two goals in the campaign leading to the finals.
Robben played his third World Cup in 2014, where he was planted on the 10-man shortlist for the FIFA Golden Ball award at the end of the tournament. He had scored 4 goals which also included two against Spain in a campaign that placed Netherlands in third position.
Robben retired from international football in 2018 due to Netherlands failing to qualify.
Robben has played 96 games, scoring 37 goals and providing 30 assists.
Robben played 52 games for his boyhood club FC Groningen, scoring 12 goals and providing 5 assists. This prompted PSV to sign him who did for a fee of €3.9 million. He attracted interest from top clubs in Europe, who looked to sign a young talent like him. He went on to play 70 games for PSV, scoring an impressive 21 goals and providing 16 assists playing as a winger.
In 2004, Robben signed for Chelsea for a fee of €18 million after much altercation between his parent club and Manchester United. He fit right into the team, winning the league title in his debut season. His second season was even better as he won another league title, making it back-to-back title wins for Chelsea. Another title win went on his records as Chelsea beat Manchester United in the 2007 FA Cup Final. Robben played 106 games, scoring 19 goals and providing 24 assists.
Real Madrid acquired the services of Robben in 2007 for a fee of €35 million. He won another league title with Real Madrid becoming champions in the 2007-08 season. He was an important part of the squad, but was sold off for a fee of €25 million to Bayern Munich when Florentino Perez became President of the Real Madrid. He has played 65 games, scoring 13 goals and providing 14 assists.
Since joining Bayern Munich, Robben has flourished as a right winger scoring as many crucial goals. He won the Champions League with them in the 2012-13 season which was also a treble for the Bundesliga giants. Robben has won 6 league titles, 4 league cups, and also the FIFA Club World Cup in 2014. He has been a crucial part of the team for over 10 years, playing a total of 284 games for them.