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Robben Through Rembrandt’s Eyes

The Dutch nobility in Rembrandt’s age  were represented by the merchants, doctors and volunteer  soldiers we see draped in black  with  white ruffs  gazing back at us through his magnificent portraits.   Arjen Robben is one of the greatest Dutch players of all time, cutting through space  and opening up defences in diagonal moves that everyone has  memorized but no one can  stop. Since  last year when  he scored the winning goal  and set up the tying one in the Champion’s League final, he has firmly  established himself  as part of the élite shortlist of world football.  Here he is wearing the same costume  as the leader of the military troupe in  the Night Watch, one of Rembrandt’s masterpieces…