Twice before, Robben has ended up on the losing side in European club football’s biggest game. Even worse, the Dutchman also lost out in a World Cup final three years ago.
Little wonder he has had many doubters. Not any more though after he latched on to Franck Ribery’s back-heel to score the goal that broke Borussia Dortmund hearts and confirmed Bayern as European champions for a fifth time.
“You don’t want the stamp of a loser,” said Robben. “There was all the disappointment of last year but I personally also had the World Cup. That was three finals.
“It wasn’t so much pressure. I tried to make it into positive energy. I couldn’t start thinking negatively, otherwise it would be too difficult. “Tonight I scored the goal. We did it and we can forget about the other things.”