BERNAT LÓPEZ / 13th FEBRUARY / ©XTREM FOOTBALL
Former Manchester United and Arsenal forward Robin van Persie scored his first goal for Feyenoord since leaving the Eredivisie club 14 years ago. Van Persie scored within 50 seconds of his introduction on Thursday as reigning Dutch champions Feyenoord defeated Groningen 3-0.
The 34-year-old returned to his boyhood club last month, having initially left Feyenoord in 2004 for Arsenal before moving on to United and Fenerbahce. The iconic forward made his start in the professional game at Feyenoord back in 2001 and re-signed for the Dutch outfit in January.
Van Persie agreed to return to Feyenoord after canceling his contract with Fenerbahce and the Netherlands star was making his fourth appearance in his second spell at the club on Thursday night.
The Dutch giant had to settle for a place on the bench at his home stadium but replaced Jens Toornstra in the 78th minute of the Eredivisie clash while Groningen were already 2-0 down. Proving class is well and truly permanent, Van Persie made it 3-0 to Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men just 50 seconds after coming onto the field.
“Van Persie agreed to return to Feyenoord after canceling his contract with Fenerbahce”
“Most dreams do not always come true, but this one did! Thank you legioen, we hear and feel your support! We go again on Sunday!”, posted former Arsenal player on social media just a few minutes after the game.
Despite the three points against Groningen, Feyenoord remain off the pace. Though a strong finish could still see them break into the top three which would earn a spot in Europe. De Kuip side is currently fourth in the Eredivisie table, but they still lie 19 points behind leaders PSV. How many more goals will Robin van Persie score?