Ex-Arsenal and Man United striker van Persie retires


Legendary striker Robin van Persie has retired from professional football, after a glittering career spanning four clubs and countless goals.

The Dutch international rounded off his time on the field last weekend, although his Feyenoord side were unable to provide the perfect send-off in a 2-0 defeat against ADO Den Haag.

Alongside his boyhood club Feyenoord and Turkish giants Fenerbahce, the 35-year-old has also represented Arsenal and Manchester United. His 144 goals in 280 appearances makes van Persie the highest scoring Dutchman in Premier League history.

In a statement, van Persie said:

“On Sunday I played my last professional game. Looking back on a 17 year career I can only say it has been a wonderful journey with ups-and-downs, but thankfully with many precious and unforgettable memories. I’m proud to have played for great clubs and for my country.

“It was a privilege. I would like to thank my managers and team mates, and the fans that have supported me and my family over the years. I am going to miss the game, but am looking forward to the next chapter in my life.”

During eight years at Arsenal, van Persie lifted the FA Cup in his first season under the stewardship of Arsene Wenger, and rapidly ensured his place amongst the top flight greats.

His prowess in front of goal earned a controversial £24 million switch to United in 2012, which resulted in a maiden league title for the Dutchman.

But after injury plagued van Persie’s latter years at Old Trafford, the frontman found himself frozen out of the first team picture under Louis van Gaal, before he moved on to Fenerbache in 2015.

Van Persie returned to his first ever club two years later, scoring 20 goals in 34 matches in the Eredivisie.


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