Robin Van Persie Announces Retirement

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (L) celebrates with Robin van Persie.

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Robin van Persie has hinted that he could retire from professional football at the end of this season.

The former Arsenal and Manchester United striker, who now functions for his youth club Feyenoord, has scored a grand total of 259 club goals and 50 international goals and counting across his various tenures.

He also won the FA Cup with Arsenal, and aided Manchester United to win their memorable 20th Premier League title.

Speaking to Dutch publication AD, Van Persie revealed: “When I have to stop? That is probably at the end of this season. 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.”

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The Dutchman also spoke about his current stint, as he added: “I also do not believe that my return to Feyenoord has only been successful if we win the title.

“I want to win as a football player and the cup win was nice, but that is not the measurement between whether it is successful or not. I wanted to give something back, share my experiences. I am trying to help my fellow players.”

Van Persie’s tenure with the Gunners put him on the map, and he was one of Premier League’s best strikers when he made the move to Old Trafford, taking the no.20 jersey, and eager to guide the side to the momentous figure.

However, the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson arguably left his career hanging in the balance, as he just couldn’t function with his former flair again.

The Red Devils tweeted the following after his announcement:

His left foot remains one of the most lethal sources of a goal in modern football, and needless to say, his contribution to the great game will be fondly remembered for quite a while.