- Full name Arjen Robben
- Birth date January 23, 1984
- Birth place Bedum, Netherlands
- Current age 31 years 86 days
- Height 6 ft
One of the first names on the team-sheet, when fit, Robben has the power and pace to devastate any defence. The winger spent the early part of his career with Groningen and PSV Eindhoven but it was not until he signed for Premier League side Chelsea for £12 million in the summer of 2004 that he truly hit the European stage. After a delayed debut at the Bridge due to a broken metatarsal, Robben then burst into the English game to damaging effect with performances full of speed and skill. Sadly for Robben that first season in London was probably his best as a series of injuries limited his involvement in a side which would win two Premier League titles.
He left Chelsea in 2007 to join Real Madrid in a £24 million deal. The Dutchman's first season in La Liga was spectacular, with the Spanish press locked in debate over whether Robben or Barcelona adversary Lionel Messi was the best player in the league. Real Madrid would win the Primera Liga title ahead of Barca.
Robben became one of the surprise casualties of Florentino Perez's new galacticos era at the Bernabeu in the summer of 2009. Though the left-winger did not want to leave the club he had no choice and moved to Bundesliga club Bayern Munich, where he gained a new lease of life, leading the side to the title in his first season.
Strengths: Able to take on and beat defenders at the drop of a hat, Robben's ability to get to the byline and deliver in accurate crosses instils fear into any defence.
Weaknesses: For a player with such a direct and dangerous style, he perhaps does not control games as much as he should. His injury record is not good.
Career high: Proving his doubters wrong, Robben scored 16 goals in 18 starts to take Bayern to the Double in 2009-10.
Career low: Missing Chelsea's run to the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2004-05 due to injury.
Style: Pacey, quick and creative, Robben is always a threat.
Quotes: "He confirmed his class. We should all be proud that he plays for us now. It's really tough to do what he did. Three days ago, he was a Madrid player. He came here a day ago, didn't know anyone bar his new coach and one or two team-mates and to perform like this. It's mindboggling." Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal, August 2009, after Robben scored twice on his debut.
Trivia: Robben is married to childhood sweetheart Bernadien Eillert.
- Robben committed to Bayern (Jun 8, 2013)
- Robben revelling in Champions League glory (May 26, 2013)
- Robben dismisses City speculation (May 15, 2013)
- Robben tells Arsenal to stop selling (Feb 16, 2013)
Robben: Chelsea lost sparkle after I left (May 18, 2012)