Arjen Robben has become Bayern Munich's all-time leading foreign-born goalscorer.
Arjen Robben has become Bayern Munich's all-time leading foreign-born goalscorer.

Arjen Robben: MD11's Man of the Matchday

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has added another achievement to his lengthy list of accomplishments by becoming the club's all-time leading foreign-born goalscorer after finding the net against Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 11.

But the significance of his strike on Saturday stretches beyond Bayern's resurgence under Jupp Heynckes or a third goal of the season for the brilliant number 10. It elevates Robben to a unique place among the Bundesliga record champions' pantheon of greats.

It is quite a club, but one Robben now has firmly cemented membership of after netting his 93rd league goal in the club's colours, taking him beyond Giovane Elber as Bayern's all-time leading foreign-born scorer having drawn level with the Brazilian forward — an integral member of the 2000/01 UEFA Champions League-winning squad — with his Matchday 6 effort against Wolfsburg.

It is quite an achievement for the man who moved to Munich from Real Madrid in 2009 with still something to prove, despite an impressive career CV.

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He has certainly done that, and what is all the more incredible is that the other four men in the list, including his current team-mate Robert Lewandowski who may well surpass his tally eventually, are all out-and-out strikers. Robben, who also has 59 assists in 177 matches, is so much more.

Greatness is measured by success, statistics and longevity, and Robben has them all.

Though he will turn 34 in January, the former PSV Eindhoven prodigy is playing the best football of his career. Last season brought 13 goals and 12 assists, his joint-best haul in nearly a decade in a Bayern shirt matching his 17 goals and eight assists of 2014/15.

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And after more than eight years of seeing it, it seems Bundesliga defenders simply cannot work out how to stop his trademark move: cutting in from the right, bending it into the far corner with his left.

Bayern fans will be hoping no-one figures it out any time this season, which — with his contract up next summer — could be Robben's swansong. As for his legacy at the Allianz Arena, that is already assured.

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