There aren’t many better sights in football than Robin van Persie’s left foot.
Whether he’s caressing the ball into the top corner or firing a ballistic volley into the back of the net, it’s tough to improve as a spectacle.
But improve Van Persie has, by taking a majestically nostalgic squad number upon his Feyenoord return.
Van Persie has signed for Feyenoord, the club with whom he started his career, after three years in Turkey with Fenerbahce.
The 34-year-old wore the no.10 at Arsenal and Fenerbahce, no.20 at Man United as well as the no.11 when he first joined the Gunners.
But with none of those numbers free he’s gone back to where it all started- the no.32.
Van Persie wore the no.32 when he first made his debut for Feyenoord’s senior side in 2001.
His first season came complete with a UEFA Cup medal following a 3-2 win against Borussia Dortmund on a night inspired by Pierre van Hooijdonk.
That was the only piece of silverware Van Persie picked up with Feyenoord before he left to join Arsenal for £2.75million in 2004.
He returns to Feyenoord with 102 international caps, a Premier League title, an FA Cup medal and two Community Shields.
He’ll need to draw on all that experience as Feyenoord are currently fifth in the Eredivisie table, 17 points behind leaders PSV.
Time to put that left foot to use.
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