In possession of the ball on the flank at his old stomping grounds, Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN (10) of German Bundesliga club Bayern Munich is confronted by Portugal World Cup superstar winger CRISTIANO RONALDO (7) of Spanish La Liga side Real Madrid during the UEFA Champions League semifinal second leg match contested at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
There can be no question that the first half goal Bayern Munich winger ARJEN ROBBEN netted at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu against Real Madrid in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinal brought forth a tremendous feeling of personal satisfaction for the 28-year-old Holland international star.
Flash back, then, to the summer of 2009 in the capital city of Spain. On June 8 of that year, an agreement is reached by La Liga champion Real Madrid to purchase Brazil World Cup midfield star KAKA from Italian Serie A giant AC Milan for the staggering price of 64.0 million Euros — the third-largest transfer fee ever paid at that point in time. Just a few days later, Los Blancos smash the existing record (set when Real Madrid bought France World Cup megastar Zinedine Zidane from celebrated Italian Serie A side FC Juventus of Turin for 73.5 million Euros in 2001) by concluding a deal with English Premier League powerhouse Manchester United to acquire Portugal World Cup superstar CRISTIANO RONALDO in exchange for a fee of 80.0 million English pounds (or 94.0 million Euros).
These developments meant that, so far as Real Madrid’s management was obviously concerned, the Dangerous Dutchman with the deadly set of dribbling and shooting skills was now, all of a sudden, surplus to requirements at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN originally arrived at traditional Spanish superclub REAL MADRID in August of 2007 after winning two English Premier League titles in three years with London-based FC Chelsea; the Blues received a transfer fee of 35.0 million Euros from Los Merengues, who went on to win the La Liga title in Robben’s first season with Real Madrid, for the contractual rights to the Dangerous Dutchman.
And so, Robben was off-loaded to record German champion Bayern Munich for the reduced rate of 25.0 million Euros at the end of August in 2009. In the meantime, the Dangerous Dutchman has already appeared in the Final of the UEFA Champions League for the Bavarian juggernaut once in 2010 and, barring injury, will soon do so again this year against another former employer, the enterprising English club FC Chelsea, at the Allianz Arena in Munich. Indeed, the Spanish side Real Madrid’s unwanted trash has been, in Deutschland, nothing but Bayern Munich’s absolute treasure.
AREJEN ROBBEN’s Record
(lge = league, total = matches in all competitions)
2007/08 … Real Madrid ……….. lge : 21 ga —- 4 go …… total : 28 ga —- 5 go
2008/09 … Real Madrid ……….. lge : 29 ga —- 7 go …… total : 37 ga —- 8 go
2009/10 … Bayern Munich …… lge : 24 ga – 16 go …… total : 37 ga – 23 go
2010/11 …. Bayern Munich …… lge : 14 ga – 12 go …… total : 18 ga – 13 go
2011/12 …. Bayern Munich …… lge : 22 ga – 11 go …… total : 32 ga – 17 go
Germany World Cup midfielder BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER, the rock-solid defensive specialist who would later knock home side Real Madrid out of Europe’s premier competition by netting the decisive kick for visiting Bayern Munich in the dramatic penalty shootout, congratulates Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN (10) after the Dangerous Dutchman scored from the spot against his old club in the first half of the UEFA Champions League semifinal second leg match at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in the capital city of Spain.