Did you know that the Van Persie household never had tin openers growing up?
Instead young Robin used to open cans of beans with his left foot.
So we shouldn’t have been surprised when, 50 seconds after coming off the bench, RVP rolled back the years and tucked away his first Feyenoord goal in 14 years with a vintage left-footed curler.
Van Persie’s previous Feyenoord goal came in a 2-2 draw with Den Haag on 15 February 2004.
That same year he left for Arsenal, where he spent eight seasons, before joining Man United and Fenerbahce for three seasons each.
But he’s now back at De Kuip having re-joined Feyenoord on a free transfer during January.
He even took his first ever squad number. Romantic, hey?
Fourteen years after his last Feyenoord goal RVP scored the third in a 3-0 win against FC Groningen.
He’d come on for Jens Toornstra, who’d opened the scoring, 50 seconds earlier.
Some things never change.
From the beautiful first touch to take the ball around the defender to the way he caressed the finish into the bottom corner it couldn’t have been more RVP.
Even at 34 his left foot still finds the back of the net with laser-guided precision.
He’ll be doing the same in 20 years’ time.
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