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Facts about Arjen Robben, the Man of Glass

How much do you know about one of the best wingers in Netherlands history? Join us in the following article to review detailed information about Arjen Robben's life.

Arjen Robben, widely known as the Man of Glass, is one of the best footballers of all time. The 37 years old footballer is known for his speed, mobility, and agility. He is well known for his career at

Bayern Munich

. The Dutch legend plays as an attacking midfielder; although he has powerful left footwork, Robben mostly plays on the right-wing.

With his speed, the Dutch footballer was unstoppable as any player from his generation. Robben began his career in a regional club FC Groningen and went on to play for PSV Eindhoven. Thereafter he was transferred to


, where he performed a crucial role, winning two Premier League titles consecutively. The Dutch winger went on to play for the Whites for €35 million and helped the team win the La Liga title in his first season. Next, the Man of Glass transferred to Bayern Munich, for whom he won the eight Bundesliga titles and the five DFB- Pokal cups.

He also netted the winning goal in the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final. During his long spell at the Bavarians, Robben formed a strong partnership with Franck Ribery and football lovers nicknamed them Robbery. Arjen Robben currently plays at Eredivisie club Groningen.

As a member of the Netherlands national team, Arjen Robben represented his country at three FIFA World Cups and three UEFA European Championships. Here are the fascinating 

facts about Arjen Robben

you might want to know.

Facts you need to know about Arjen Robben

Let's take a look at the facts about Arjen Robben. Facts like Arjen Robben birthday, wife, Instagram, which may be fascinating to football lovers.

Arjen Robben age and biography at point

  • Full Name:

    Arjen Robben

  • Nickname:

    The Flying Dutchman, The Man of Glass, Boyke

  • Date of Birth:

    23 January 1984

  • Age:

    37 years

  • Place of Birth:

    Bedum, Netherlands

  • Nationality:


  • Height:

    1.80 m

  • Weight:

    80 kg

  • Parents:

    Hans Robben, Marjo Robben

  • Wife/Partner:

    Bernadien Eillert (married 2007)

  • Children:

    Lynn Robben, Luka Robben, Kai Robben

  • Occupation:

    Professional Football Player

  • Playing Position:


  • Club(s):

    Groningen, PSV, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich

  • Jersey/Kit Number:

    10 (at Bayern Munich)

  • Net Worth:

    $80 million

Arjen Robben Childhood

The first part of our article on facts about Arjen Robben is about his childhood.

Arjen Robben birthday

is on 23 January 1984 in Bedum, Netherlands. His father, Hans Robben, is a football agent, and Marjo Robben, his mother, is a local celebrity. Robben's mum is well-known for her public speaking talent. Hans Robben has always been his son's manager and agent. He is responsible for Robben's contract. 

During his childhood, Arjen Robben family wanted him to study, but Arjen never showed interest in education. He was interested in football and preferred following his dad as he did football business. When

Arjen Robben age

was two, he asked his parents to enroll him in a youth club; so they understood the destiny of their son, who will become a footballer in the future.

As a little boy, instead of going to formal education, Robben went to soccer school. Wiel Coerver, former Dutch coach, invented a football technique called the Coerver method and little Robben became the youngest child to learn this method.

Arjen Robben Career Stats

After reviewing

Arjen Robben childhood

, let's take a look at

Arjen Robben career stats

, that is, one of the significant facts about Arjen Robben. The Dutch footballer's professional career began when Robben was signed by the club Groningen. In 2002, After demonstrating his talent in the Dutch club, he was transferred to PSV. In his first season with the team, Robben earned the title of the league’s most talented player.

Thereafter he moved to Chelsea for €18 million. Unfortunately, injury stopped Robben, and in a pre-season match, broke a metatarsal bone. Although the injuries continue, he played a crucial role in Chelsea during his spell. The Glass man helped the Blues win two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, two Football League Cups, and FA Community Shield title. After leaving Chelsea, Arjen Robben joined

Real Madrid

. In his first season, Robben became one of the key players, helping the Whites win the La Liga title.

With the arrival of Florentino Perez, the Dutch winger's Place on the first side became threatened, and with the joining of Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka, there was no place for the flying Dutchman. So Robben left the Whites in 2009 and moved to Bayern Munich for around €25 million, but he was not happy with the transfer.

The Man of Glass gave his best years to Bayern and spent a complete decade. Robben was given the number 10 jersey and played over 200 league matches, helping the Bavarians win eight Bundesliga titles. When the legend netted the winning goal against

Borussia Dortmund

in the 2013 Champions League final, his crowning achievement arrived. He played 309 matches for the German club, scoring 144 times and providing 101 assists for his teammates.

In his last season at Bayern Munich, he said in an interview:

"I can say that this is my last year [at Bayern] and it is good like that. I think it is the right moment after ten years. The club moves on, and I may move on. It is the end of a very good and long period."

Currently, the 37 years old footballer kicks the ball in FC Groningen.

At the international level, Arjen Robben made his debut for his country in April 2003. He won 96 caps, scoring 37 times from 2003 to 2017. After an unsuccessful 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, the Dutch creative footballer announced his retirement.

Arjen Robben Net worth & Salary

In this section, we will take a look at

Arjen Robben salary

and net worth, which is one of the fascinating facts about Arjen Robben.

Widely known as the Man of Glass, Arjen Robben is regarded as one of the greatest football players in Bayern Munich history. As of 2021,

Arjen Robben net worth

is estimated at around $80 million. Arjen Robben salary as Groningen's player is €5.46 million per year.

Arjen Robben Children & Wife

Football fans know about the former Dutch winger skills, but few consider his bio, which is quite interesting. Stay tuned to read more about the

Arjen Robben family

. Back in 2000, the Dutch footballer met Bernadien Eillert in high school, and after six years, the lovebirds tied the knots in Groningen. Robben is a family man, and once he said:

"The most important thing is to see every member of family healthy and happy. Football is my life, but my family's health and happiness is the most important thing in the world."

Barend Beltman, Robben's former youth coach about his first date said:

"Arjen was driven and determined at a young age. He was always on time, never late. But one Friday afternoon he showed up 15 minutes past the start of practice."

Beltman continued:

"I asked him what was going on. 'We were at the market square, having fun,' he said. There were some girls with him and his friends, so I asked, 'Was she worth it?' 'Yes, trainer, she was,' he told me. I told him to get his gear and join the training session. At his wedding, I heard the woman he met that day was now his wife and mother of his children. Bernadien is her name."

When Robben is down, Bernadien Eillert,

Arjen Robben wife

, cares for her husband. In the case of

Arjen Robben children

, you might know that he has three children. The couple welcomed their first child, Luka, in 2008, and after two years, Arjen Robben wife gave birth to their daughter, Lynn. The couple's third child, Kai, was born in 2012.

Facts about Arjen Robben you did not know

  • Arjen Robben nickname

Arjen Robben nickname is given to him by his fans. Due to his injury record, the fan nicknamed him the Man of Glass. Robben is also known as The Flying Dutchman and Boyke.

  • Arjen Robben tattoo

The fascinating fact about Arjen Robben tattoo is that like many football players of his generation, he has yet to have any tattoos on his body.

  • Arjen Robben Instagram account

The Flying Dutchman, like many footballers, is active on Instagram. Arjen Robben Instagram account (


) has around 1.4m followers.

  • Arjen Robben height

Arjen Robben height is 1.80 m, and also his weight is 80 kg.

  • One of the fascinating facts about Arjen Robben is that when he was a child, his role model was a Romario. "

    When I was growing up, I was always a big fan of Romario. At the time he was also playing in Holland at PSV Eindhoven."

  • After appearing with a bandage on his hand at training, the Dutch footballer told the press that he was beaten by the crocodile. He later said he was injured at training in Qatar. 

  • Arjen Robben is fluent in four languages (German, English, Dutch, and Spanish). 

Arjen Robben Quotes

One of the most amusing parts of SportMob's article on facts about Arjen Robben is a look back at his most controversial quotes.

On Franck Ribery

"I think these 10 years I have experienced would have been totally different without Franck. I think maybe also the other way round. That's something he has to say but we have achieved something amazing here at this club and I'm only very thankful, as well, to him because without him it would have been different."

On his regrets on missed chance in the final at the 2010 FIFA World Cup

"You can always say, 'What if?' But in the moment it goes like that. You have to decide what to do in one split second. And you will never know. The people in Holland, full of emotion, they say, 'What would have happened if he had scored that goal in the final?' But there was still half an hour to play and you never know what was going to happen. Spain could have still attacked and scored."

On Arsene Wenger

"I always say if you are a big manager then take your loss, if you win be happy, enjoy, but if you lose don't complain about silly things. It was two penalties but I don't want to defend myself. From a big manager you expect a little bit more."

On his childhood

"I guess my earliest football memories are of playing in the street and also the little pitches at school. I joined the local football team in my village when I was small, but we would play only once or twice a week. I honed my skills just by playing for fun with friends after school."

Arjen Robben TransferMarket

According to

Arjen Robben transfermarket

, the Dutch footballer has played 610 matches for five clubs (FC Groningen, PSV Eindhoven, Chelsea FC, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich). He has scored 209 goals and provided 164 assists for his teammates.

On the international level, Robben scored 37 goals in 96 appearances that he made for his country.

Arjen Robben Records & Achievements

Sportmob's article on facts about Arjen Robben will end with a list of Arjen Robben individual records and notable achievements. The Dutch footballer won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, two Football League Cups, and FA Community Shield title during his spell at Chelsea. The legend also won eight Bundesliga titles, five DFB-Pokal titles, DFL-Supercup on five occasions, one UEFA Champions League title, as well as one UEFA Super Cup.

His notable individual achievements are one Johan Cruijff Prijs, 2005 Bravo Award, 2010 The kicker Man of the Year, 2014 FIFA World Cup Bronze Ball, 2014 Dutch Sportsman of the year.

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