Robin Van Persie Retirement – Iconic Memories of the Dutch Maestro

Former Arsenal, Manchester United striker and a great goal poacher for the Netherlands national team, Robin Van Persie has decided to hang up his boots at the end of the season. The 35-year-old will draw the curtains on a glorious career, of perhaps one of the best Dutch strikers Europe has seen since the likes of Marco Van Basten, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Kluivert. The iconic footballer scored plenty of goals for every club he has played and has gained massive support, wherever he played. He first enthralled and enchanted the Highbury faithful to the ever-growing Gunner support at the Emirates stadium for close to 8 years before joining rivals Manchester United in what later became Sir Alex’s last big buy for Manchester United. After Manchester, he went to Turkey to ply his trade until he made the emotional return back to his roots in Feyenoord, where he will hang his glistening goal scoring boots for the last time. Here we have a look at his top 5 moments in the legendary Robin Van Persie’s Career

Hat-trick versus Chelsea
Stamford Bridge has always been a fortress for any visiting team, but on 29th October 2011, Robin Van Persie not only led Arsenal to a 5-3 win but also scored a scored a memorable hat-trick against their perennial London rivals. This was a much needed and fondly remembered win for Arsenal who silenced the raucous Blues faithful.

Last Minute Goal versus Manchester City
His first memorable act as a Manchester United Player was to put the noisy neighbours away in the most dramatic match seen in Sir Alex’s last season as the manager of Manchester United. The game had everything. Goals from Wayne Rooney in the first half, two second-half Manchester City goals and a touchline bust-up between the coaches. The scores were tied, but the Red Devils were awarded a last-minute free kick, and Robin van Persie stepped up to curl it beyond City leaping wall and a diving Joe Hart to give Man United a 3-2 win in the pulsating Manchester Derby.

A Champion at last
When Robin van Persie publically admitted he joined rivals Manchester United to fulfil his dream of winning the prestigious English Premier League title. RVP’s dream finally came true, and he achieved it in style when he scored a hat-trick in the 3-0 win over Aston Villa on 22 April 2013. The Dutch maestro scored a memorable goal on the evening when he latched onto a sumptuous pass from Wayne Rooney to volley it past the hapless keeper. Van Persie was awarded the Manchester United Goal of the Season for this particular effort.

Decimating Tiki Taka
Ever Since 2008 Spain dominated world football like no other side, but when they met the Netherlands in the 2014 World Cup, they were given not only a reality check but also a sound thumping when they were beaten 5-1 by a marauding Oranje brigade. Van Persie was the architect in chief as he scored twice on the night. He played the entire tournament with vigour and showed exemplary leadership skills during the course of the footballing carnival. The 5-1 win was a sweet revenge for the 2010 World Cup final loss against the La Roja in South Africa in the previous edition.

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The Flying Dutchman
The most iconic moment of Robin Van Persie’s career has to be the ‘flying header’ he scored in that 5-1 drubbing of Spain. The goal if not spoken about as THE moment of RVP’s career will be incomplete. Spain were leading 1-0 going into the break for the first half and RVP made his run into opposition penalty area when Daley Blind hit a picture perfect diagonal cross into the box. Not often will you see this in football, but RVP leapt forward like Superman to score a goal that would be nominated for the FIFA Puskas Award.

While he will bow out one of the game’s premier strikers, leaving behind memories for years to come. ‘Vaarwel Robin Van Persie’

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