Manchester United Forward Robin van Persie's Top 5 Netherlands Moments

Elko Born@@Elko_BContributor IMay 21, 2014

Manchester United Forward Robin van Persie's Top 5 Netherlands Moments

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    His club went through a disastrous year under a new manager, and thanks to injury, he didn't get to play very often. Undoubtedly, former Premier League leading scorer Robin van Persie can't wait for the World Cup to get started this summer. 

    Away from Manchester, the Dutch striker will get a chance to start doing what he does best again: play football. The tournament will also give him a chance to impress his boss, Louis van Gaal, who will join Van Persie in Manchester in July. 

    Ahead of the World Cup, we take a look at the Netherlands captain's top five moments in an Oranje shirt. 

5. Recent Goal Against Ecuador

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    During Holland’s friendly against Ecuador last week, Robin van Persie received a pass from 22-year-old Feyenoord midfielder Jordy Clasie.

    The Manchester United striker controlled the ball with his chest and calmly slotted it past the Ecuadorian goalkeeper.

    While Van Persie has scored plenty of beautiful goals before, this goal was certainly one of his finest for the Netherlands—even if the match against Ecuador was only a friendly.

4. First Against Cameroon

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    Beating Denmark and Japan in the group stage of the tournament, the Netherlands had an excellent start to the World Cup in 2010. The third group-stage match against Cameroon was just a formality.

    Nonetheless, the Dutch were going for the win.

    In the first half, Robin van Persie opened the score with an excellent goal from inside the box. 

    Leaving the group stage full of confidence, the Oranje went on to reach the tournament's final, which they lost to Spain. 

Excellent Control Against Romania

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    During a qualifier against Romania in March 2013, the Dutchman scored a goal that made it seem like he is so good that he can score beautiful goals even by accident.

    However, upon closer inspection, it becomes apparent that Van Persie probably meant to head the ball the way he did. 

    Without a doubt, the goal showed his unsurpassed ability to control the ball. 

Free-Kick Against Drogba's Ivory Coast

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    During the World Cup in 2006, the Netherlands played against Didier Drogba's Ivory Coast in the group stage of the tournament. 

    In this match, Van Persie gave his team the lead by scoring beautifully from a free-kick. Eventually, the Netherlands won the match 2-1. 

    In the round of 16, the Netherlands lost 1-0 against Portugal, and it became clear that Van Persie and the rest weren't ready for success just yet.

    In 2008, however, things would look different.

1. Demolition Job Against France

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    During Euro 2008, the generation of players that would later go on to reach second place in the World Cup of 2010 first stepped up to the mark. 

    Along with Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie arguably formed a golden generation of players. 

    This became especially clear during the Netherlands' 4-1 demolition job against France, in which Van Persie scored twice. 

    Eventually, the Netherlands lost against Russia in the quarter-finals.

    By then, it was clear that the likes of Sneijder, Robben and Van Persie had achieved world-class status.