Robin Van Persie is part of the latest Dutch golden generation that is looking to end the Netherland’s unenviable record at major international tournaments.They came a close second at the FIFA World cup in 2010 and Van Persie has matured since,putting in wonderful performances for Arsenal and later,Manchester United.Blighted by disciplinary and injury problems early in his career,Van Persie has since mellowed accepting the responsibility that comes with being a senior member of both club and country.
FIFA World cup Runner up: 2010(Netherlands)
English Premier League : 2012-13(Manchester United)
FA Cup : 2004-05(Arsenal)
UEFA Europa League : 2001-02(Feynoord)
Top scorer in the history of Netherlands football team
Awards and Recognition
English Premier League Golden boot 2011-12,2012-13
Euro 2008 Bronze boot
Sir Matt Busby Player of the year 2012-13
Off-Field Personality / Brand Image Traits
Van Persie’s image has been that of a temperamental prodigy blighted by disciplinary records who has since matured to become the main stay of both club and country.Van Persie has been voted as the most marketable player in the premier league in Repucom’s Celebrity DBI Index. His stepping up to lead Arsenal from the front after the departure of Thierry Henry had endeared him to the London fans.His high scoring performances for Manchester United has reaffirmed his status as a leader of the team.His reputation for enjoying the high life and many off field controversies that occurred during his early career has made him a media attraction.
Van Persie’s disciplinary problems started during his time with Feynoord and was the major blemish associated with him.His ability to complete a full season uninjured was also a question mark up till the last couple of years.His inability to get along with team mates especially Wesley Sneijder has been pointed against him as well.Van Persie was accused of rape(even though later cleared),spent two weeks in a prison cell and had to admit to extra marital affairs.