Arjen Robben is not the most likable man. He is selfish, he is petulant, and more than one critic has opined, he coasts through games. His late season form for Bayern Munich oddly coincided with the announcement that Mario Gotze was going to join the team. He seems to need motivation.
Robben's also been awful in big games. Memorably, he was the goat of the UEFA Champions League final last season, having a last-minute penalty saved by Petr Cech. He has even been awful so often for Holland that the Dutch have a little Swiss dog with a keg on hand to go searching for him. He has one of the most predictable - yet deadly - moves in the game, but that touch seems to desert him at the tensest moments. For all his talent, he's long been labeled a "bottler," soccer-speak for what Americans call a choke-artist.
That all should change after Saturday night.
Robben, betraying no sign of anything but confidence, set up the first goal, then won the UEFA Champions League title for Bayern Munich ...