Arjen Robben, no more a loser

May 27, 2013, 03:00 IST | PA Sport

Arjen Robben was delighted to rid himself of the loser's tag after his last-minute goal gave Bayern Munich their fifth Champions League title.

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.

Arjen Robben
Arjen Robben kisses the trophy in front of photographers at Wembley

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.” 

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