While Bayern Munich are current flying after having won their last 19 Champions League games, one man who lit up the competition for the German side in years gone by is Arjen Robben, the left-footed genius who ripped defences apart at will.
The Dutchman had enjoyed an impressive career with the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid prior to his move to Bayern in 2009, although his spell in Germany is where is most fondly remembered and where he solidified his status as one of the world’s greatest players.
Forging the brilliantly named ‘Robbery’ partnership with fellow winger Franc Ribery, the former Blues man was devastatingly destructive on the right flank, netting 144 goals in 309 games for the club in all competitions.
In his ten-year spell in Munich, Robben helped the club to eight Bundesliga titles, as well as playing a crucial role in taking them to three Champions League finals in four seasons, scoring the winning goal as Jupp Heynckes’ side won the 2012/13 edition against rivals Borussia Dortmund.
While no doubt brilliant domestically, the winger seemed to come alive in Europe, developing his penchant for cutting in off the right and striking at goal with his wand of a left boot, defenders often powerless to stop him even when they knew exactly what he planned to do.
He may currently be struck down by injuries while at Groningen, yet in his pomp he was truly unstoppable, as his greatest Champions League goals for Bayern below will attest to:
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