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Happy birthday to the Flying Dutchman – Robin van Persie!

Robin van Persie, Arsenal, Manchester United
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Today we celebrate the 37th birthday of former Manchester United and Arsenal star Robin van Persie by taking a brief look back on the player’s career story.

Van Persie was one hell of a player during his career and often pulled off some sublime goals during his days in the Premier League for both Arsenal and Manchester United.

The ‘Flying Dutchman’ possessed fabulous technique, great vision, and awareness. Combined, these traits made him a handful for defenses. He was also quick on the ball and capable of positioning himself cleverly, which led to numerous goals.

Van Persie took his first step into football by joining Excelsior in 1997 at the age of 14. He proceeded to join Feyenoord in 1999, becoming a first-team regular over the next five years.

After impressing in his native Netherlands, Van Persie joined Arsenal in 2004 in a €4.50m deal. He became a big hit in north London and won several individual honors, including player and goal of the month awards.

The striker ended his Gunners career in 2012 on a remarkable 132 and 56 assists in 278 games. One FA Cup and a Community Shield also came his way.

Robin ended up at Manchester United afterwards, experiencing arguably the best campaign of his career in 2012/13. He won a first Premier League title, won a second Golden Boot award, and won the club’s Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year for his performances.

The best moment had to be when Van Persie fired in a hat-trick in United’s 5-3 win against Aston Villa in April 2013, which secured Sir Alex Ferguson’s side a record 20th league title.

After 58 goals and 21 assists in 105 games, Van Persie left United for Fenerbahce in 2015. He later rejoined Feyenoord in 2018 before retiring a year later.

The former Arsenal man is also the Netherlands’ record goalscorer on 50 goals in 102 appearances.

And if you’re wondering why he’s called the ‘Flying Dutchman’, then check out this video of his 15-yard header against Spain in the 2014 World Cup.