Even if you are not a fan of football, you have probably heard the name Robin van Persie being mentioned several times given the fact that he plays for Manchester United, as well as for the Dutch national team, being of this nationality. The first team that Robin van Persie played for was Arsenal, which he joined in 2004.
What not many people know about is that his parents didn’t encourage him to pursue the football path because they were in the artistic business. However, Robin van Persie continued following his dream of becoming a successful football player and the first step he made in that direction was to be selected for a local Dutch football club called Feyenoord.
His first important achievement was the fact that he and his team Feyenoord won the UEFA Cup in 2002 and soon after that, he was named “Dutch Football Talent of the Year”. Because he didn’t get along with his manager anymore, he changed Feyenoord for Arsenal.
The international career of Robin van Persie
Robin van Persie has had many international achievements over the years, including the fact that he was part of the Dutch team when it played for the qualification to the European Championship in 2004 and in 2006 as well. Even though he was usually a striker, that time he played as a left wing which proved his versatility.
The first time Robin van Persie got his caps for the Dutch team was in 2006 when they won while they were playing against Romania in order to qualify. His first international goal was during a qualifying match against Finland which once again was a statement of the fact that Robin van Persie was starting to become a famous football player.
While the Dutch team was playing to qualify for the 2008 European Championship, he scored four goals and continued to play as a winger. At the 2010 World Cup he also set himself apart through his progress in the team.
The best goals of Robin van Persie (2004-2012)
The personal life of Robin van Persie
If you are curious about the personal life of Robin van Persie, then you should know that he was born in Rotterdam and as mentioned before, his parents were both artists. His mother is a jewelry designer and painter while his father is a sculptor. Despite having a rich cultural background, Robin didn’t act like it and caused a lot of trouble at school.
Even after the launch of his career, Robin has been in some scandals such as the one in which he was accused by a girl who won Miss Nigeria that he tried to rape her in a hotel. This is why he spent two weeks in prison during the trial. However, it turned out that the girl lied to become more popular. At the moment, Robin van Persie is happily married and lives in Hampstead, north London together with his wife and two children: a daughter named Dina and a son named Shaqueel.