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Believe it or not, Robin van Persie can do more than score incredible goals and terrorize Premier League defenders.
In a Manchester United “battle of the bats,” RVP takes on Rio Ferdinand in a very competitive game of ping pong, complete with entertaining commentary.
The Dutchman shows off some pretty solid skills, this is clearly not his first rodeo. He may have a promising future once he finishes this whole dominating the Premier League thing.
Despite what you may have heard, Robin Van Persie can do more than just score fantastic golazos (y’know, like this one!)
No, RVP is also quite nimble with his feet, and he showed off his best Neymar impression at his annual charity tournament in Rotterdam. Together with freestyler Soufiane Touzani and Feyenoord’s Tonny Vilhena, RVP tooled with a couple of youngsters at will, the three of them performing a dizzying display of keep-away at the childrens’ mercy.
When Robin van Persie made the move from Arsenal to Manchester United, Arsenal supporter Piers Morgan was pretty critical on social media.
The CNN talk-show host has been known for his Twitter tirades but has been known to taunt the Dutchman, insisting on referring to him as “Van Pursestrings.”
However, it looks as though RvP has had the last laugh. With Arsenal winning the so-called “Top-Four Trophy” on the last day of the season, the Dutch striker sent Morgan pictures of Manchester United celebrating with the Premier League trophy much to Morgan’s chagrin:
This isn’t the first time Morgan has expressed his displeasure surrounding Arsenal dealings in the past. Morgan was highly critical of Arsene Wenger, calling for a radical change at the Emirates following the Gunners slow start in the Premier League:
Fortunately for Morgan, there will be more time for Arsenal bashing as Wenger’s side clinched Champions League football next season with a 1-0 season finale victory over Newcastle last week.
With the 2012-13 Premier League season coming to a close, we review the top ten goals that made our heads swirl through the season.
In reality, there were too many to count this past season. Though we had to leave some out the list, strikes like Robin van Persie’s beauty to seal Manchester United’s Premier League title against Aston Villa or Gareth Bale’s magical strike versus West Ham come to mind.
OK, so we’ll stop and let you relive the best goals for yourself.
Robin van Persie can do no wrong. He was recently given the offer to switch his jersey number and wear the #9 kit for Manchester United next season, but he has turned it down. Why?
He told the United Review:
“I don’t want to be harsh on the fans who have number 20 on their kit. I don’t want them to have to buy a new shirt.”
Kudos to RVP for thinking of the fans first!
Old habits are hard to break, and Robin van Persie spent eight seasons forming this one.
The former Arsenal striker returned to the Emirates for the first time since he left the Gunners for Manchester United last summer. When he arrived at the stadium, he made sure to greet the Arsenal staff members standing outside the locker rooms before he entered.
After his final hello, he makes a move for the locker room — but it’s the home one, not away.
Embarrassed, RvP gives himself a little “d’oh!” tap on the forehead before quickly redirecting toward the correct locker room. Seems like the usually calm, cool and collected striker had a small case of the butterflies upon returning to his old club.
Once he got on the pitch though, he was able to get it together and remember which side he was on. He was awarded a penalty kick after Sagna took him down in the box. The United striker buried it in the back of the net, much to the dismay of the home crowd.
(Image via BBC News)
In a classic case of misidentity, thousands of Manchester United fans who wished to congratulate Robin Van Persie on his hat trick and first Premier League title over the weekend sent their flattering messages to the twitter account of @rvp.
Only problem: @rvp belongs to 52-year old Indian IT consultant Ravi Visvesvaraya Sharada Prasad, or in other words, definitely not Robin van Persie.
The mix-up makes sense given that a majority of fans know Van Persie by his initials, RVP. However, to Prasad it has become a nuisance. He attempted to make his plight known with a message to the masses a month ago:
Unfortunately, the tweet backfired. What was meant to detract tweeters from his account instead spurred fans to retweet his tweets and jokingly praise him for his “contributions” to Manchester United’s season. All in all, Prasad says he has had over 10,000 mentions in the 24-hour span after United clinched the title.
Only makes us wonder: why hasn’t he changed his account name? Does he secretly like the attention? He certainly has gained popularity, having amassed over 3,600 followers. Not bad for an IT consultant in India!
By the way, Robin van Persie’s correct Twitter handle is @Persie_Official
Robin van Persie, take a bow.
His second goal in Manchester United’s match against Aston Villa on Monday was out-of-this-world good. A superb pass from Wayne Rooney set up his perfect volley that Villa keeper Brad Guzan had no chance of stopping.
Our viewing recommendation: Press play, watch, repeat.