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Van Persie announces retirement by the end of the season

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Feyenoord striker Robin Van Persie, has announced that he is set to retire from football by the end of the current season with the Dutch club.

Dutch striker Robin Van Persie has lived a very fruitful career as a professional, he is set to retire in the same club where he began this adventure as he just announced on Wednesday.

Ahead of next Sunday’s Klassieker between Feyenoord and Ajax, Robin Van Persie just confirmed that the time for him to hang up the boots should be when he is still having fun while playing football and this season is ideal for that decision.

Robin had one of the most successful careers of any Dutch footballer in modern history, he lived an especially significant career for both Arsenal and Manchester United, clubs where he became a world-class player.

After leaving his club in Holland looking for success in England, Van Persie arrived in Arsenal with the hope of winning many trophies under Arsene Wenger but he only won the FA Cup and the Community Shield.

The Dutchman didn’t win a major trophy until Sir Alex Ferguson brought him to Manchester United, where he won the 2012-2013 Premier League with the Red Devils.

Robin also returned to his hometown club where he won the Cup, something that made him feel like his career was finally complete and ultimately decided on retiring this season.

“When should I stop? That is normally at the end of this season. That’s the approach,” said Van Persie via Four Four Two ahead of Sunday’s Klassieker vs Ajax.

“I will be 36 years old and will have been a professional for 18 years. From the age of five, I’ve only been involved in football. I also do not believe that my return to Feyenoord has only been successful if we win the title.”

“How is it successful? This is actually it, if you look at the whole picture. I had lost the fun. That’s not how I wanted to end, without pleasure. The fun has returned at Feyenoord.”

“I want to win as a football player and the cup win was nice, but that is not the measurement between whether [the return to Feyenoord] is successful or not.”

“I wanted to give something back, share my experiences. I am trying to help my fellow players.”

“I see it as broader than just winning a title or not. That is the goal – that is what the club also say – but whether or not we win a title is not decisive for me on whether my return is successful or not,” he concluded.

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