On This Day, 2 March 2004 – Tony Blair is halfway through his UK leadership and Busted are number one, soon to be topped by a certain Peter Andre, and Chelsea have just signed Arjen Robben.
In Roman Abramovich’s first year at Stamford Bridge, he has already signed the likes of Claude Makelele and Joe Cole and with the summer looming, he allows a jolly Italian with the name of Claudio Ranieri to sign Arjen Robben for £12 million pounds. Robben signed his contract March and ultimately join up with the squad at the end of the season in June.
The 20 year-old Dutchman from PSV had been close to agreeing to sign for Manchester United as a replacement for Ryan Giggs but was tempted by Chelsea, a club providing the main title threat for Arsenal’s ‘invincibles’ that year. Since then, Arjen Robben has been a household name amongst football fans throughout the world, however what has he actually achieved?
After three successful years with Chelsea, the already flying Dutchman joined Real Madrid for £24 million pounds. Two years later Munich came calling and he is currently approaching 8 years with Bayern. Since 2004, Robben has won the Premier League twice, the FA Cup, La Liga, has five Bundesliga titles to his name as well as the Champions League, was runner up in the 2010 World Cup and has been named in the UEFA Team of the Year twice.
Although not playing for Chelsea in his prime, it’s fair to say that his move to West London had a big impact in kick starting his football career and becoming one of the most decorated wingers in modern football. Despite turning 33 at the start of the year, Arjen Robben is still producing outstanding moments for Bayern Munich and has recently signed a years contact extension at the super-club.
What’s been your most memorable Arjen Robben moment?