How former Chelsea star could leave Brazil with yet another top award

Sneijder, Robben and De Jong Netherlands

After two ferocious World Cup displays, Arjen Robben is well on the way to more individual success.

So fast he could be a 100m sprinter, the Dutch forward is well and truly leaving the ghosts of the last World Cup behind and redefining what it means to be 30 in football.

Like a fine wine, Robben is only getting better with age, while his past injury problems may have left him more refreshed as he has simply played less games than his peers.

And however the Bayern Munich man has managed to maintain such world-class form, more and more success could be coming his way.

Indeed, team success is very much on the horizon with Netherlands at the World Cup - while he is guaranteed to challenge for trophies if he stays at Bayern Munich against next season... or engineers a move.

But it is individual success that seems to define and possible drive Robben, who has quite literally become a 'flying Dutchman.'

  TeamGoalsSuccessful DribblesTouchesTotal ShotsMins
Arjen Robben Netherlands 3 6 80 7 180

After two games in Brazil, Robben is the World Cup's joint-top scorer. Just how many the 30-year-old will go on to score will very much depend on how far the Netherlands progress in South America - but Opta Stats show he has as good a chance as any of winning the Golden Boot.

Indeed, Robben's three goals have come from just seven shots, meaning he almost has a 50% success rate in terms of his shooting. The former Chelsea man has also made six successful dribbles and taken 80 touches; he certainly isn't too shy to get involved.

At both club and international level, then, Robben could be on his way to further accolades in an already illustrious career. And what better way to banish the memories of missing a one-on-one with Iker Casillas in the last World Cup final than by finishing top scorer at the next tournament. He has already exacted revenge on Casillas, now the rest of the world waits.

What a shame it is for Chelsea fans to know that the Dutchman was once theirs - and could have been producing this very form for the Blues all this time.

His departure from Stamford Bridge was, of course, inevitable at the time, as injuries held Robben back, with Chelsea having since gone on to taste Champions League glory with the forward missing a penalty against them in the final.

But it's still very much a case of what could have been in west London.

From Robben's perspective, the Dutchman will be hoping what could have been in South Africa four years ago Cup becomes reality this time around. And having reached speeds of 22mph, he's certainly started brightly. Can he now last the course?

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