Despite having won league titles in four countries, Arjen Robben knows that tomorrow’s Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund may represent his last chance to prove he is not one of football’s nearly men.
The 29-year-old Bayern Munich winger lacks neither silverware nor ability, but the recent stages of his career have been scarred by a series of traumatic missed opportunities.
In the past four years, Robben has played in two Champions League finals and one World Cup final, only to finish on the losing side on all three occasions.
It means that one of the most exciting players of his generation could end his career without any continental or international honours, but Robben hopes it will be third time lucky for Bayern at Wembley.
“It is nice to play in a final, but now we also have to win one,” he said. “Last year was a huge disappointment. Now we have improved again.”
Published in The Express Tribune, May 24th, 2013.
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