Produced on August 6, 1983, in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Robin van Persie started his professional football career with all the local Feyenoord team. Van Persie stopped a long title drought with Manchester United and became the top Dutch international scorer in 2013.
The next kid of two artists, van Persie learned to play football in his ethnically diverse neighborhood of Kralingen. He joined the youth system of S.B.V. Excelsior soon after his parents split when he was 5, eventually going to match Rotterdam team Feyenoord as a highly viewed teen player.
Van Persie made his professional debut for Feyenoord as a 17-year old and enjoyed instant success, beginning in the 2002 UEFA Cup final victory over Borussia Dortmund. Nevertheless, the leftwinger also acquired an negative reputation due to his conflicts with manager Bert van Marwijk and his teammates. He was shopped to other teams until England’s Arsenal F.C. signed him in 2004.
Converted into a center forward by Arsenal manager Arsene Wagner, van Persie blossomed into a player known for his dribbling and shooting skills. He also became a regular on the Dutch national team, appearing in the 2006 FIFA World Cup and earning Bronze Boot honours as the third-leading scorer in the 2008 European Championship.
After returning to the pitch late in the 2009-10 season, van Persie proved more than capable of managing top flight competition by helping the Netherlands accomplish the closing of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He led the Premier League in scoring in 201112 and earned the PFA Players’ Player of the Year Award, an honour that underscored his maturity and enhanced standing. Still, his lack of titles since winning the FA Cup early in his tenure with Arsenal made him open to criticism.
He created a Dutch record with his 41st career international goal in October 2013, with several years left to add to that particular symbol and his growing number of achievements.