Remembering Arjen Robben's stunning volley for Bayern Munich vs Man Utd

Arjen Robben is one of the greatest wingers in football history.

Few players have possessed a left foot as lethal as the Dutchman’s and his trick of cutting inside defenders and whipping the ball into the far corner is the stuff of legend.

Every single defender who came up against Robben knew what he was going to do, but they were powerless to stop the fleet-footed Bayern Munich legend.

However, 10 years ago, Robben scored a very different type of goal. It was still thrashed into the net with his left foot, but the build-up was altered.

This time around against Manchester United in the Champions League quarter-final, Franck Ribery floated a corner perfectly to the waiting Dutchman on the edge of the box.

And in one sweet swing of his left peg, the Dutchman smacked the ball into the bottom corner in what is still one of the greatest goals of the modern era.

The celebration was questionable, though…


Honestly, how has it been 10 years since that night at Old Trafford?!

What makes the goal so special is the length of time Robben has to watch the ball travel through the air before making contact.

To have such concentration and accuracy is simply remarkable, while having the skill to pull it off in such a big game is just testament to the player the Dutchman was in his pomp.

It was the goal that sent Bayern Munich to the semi-final of the Champions League that season as they battled back from 3-0 down against Sir Alex Ferguson’s side that night.

Goals from Darron Gibson and Nani (x2) had put United in a commanding position, but Ivica Olic’s strike before the break changed the dynamic of the game.

Rafael was then sent off for two yellow cards on 50 minutes, before Robben delivered the decisive blow to send Louis van Gaal wild on the sideline.

A true Champions League classic settled by one of the competition’s greatest ever goals, football just doesn’t get any sweeter than that, does it?

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