Robin van Persie’s illustrious career came to an end on Sunday as he played for the last time with boyhood club Feyenoord.
The Dutchman called time on his 18-year career at the very place in which it started with the Rotterdam club.
Van Persie spent half of his career with Arsenal but ended his nine-year association with the Gunners in 2013 when he joined Manchester United in a controversial £22.5million move.
The forward was tired of what he perceived to be ‘broken promises’ at the Emirates and he inspired United to their 20th league title in his debut campaign.
That van Persie inspired United to their final title under Sir Alex Ferguson was particularly cruel for Arsenal fans, who stood by the Dutchman through some horrific injury problems.
But even then, Van Persie probably wasn’t the most hated figure at Old Trafford with Arsenal fans as he played alongside pantomime villain Patrice Evra.
The Frenchman grated on Gooners during a trophy-laden era at the Theatre of Dreams and once famously said United’s win against Arsenal in the Champions League was ’11 men against 11 children’.
And the former France captain has been at it again in his retirement message for Van Persie, claiming the Dutchman joined a ‘man’s club’.
— Patrice Evra (@Evra) May 12, 2019
‘I remember the first day you joined Manchester United I say at that time welcome to a man club,’ tweeted Evra.
‘Well done Robin van Persie, thanks for 20 title what a player.’ That’ll go down well in north London…