The Premier League GOAT #22

Robin Van Persie

Coming in at #22 is one of the best strikers to ever grace this league. A scorer of all different kinds of goals, a leader, a creator and a born winner. The flying dutchman might be one of my favourite players ever, even during his time at Arsenal I was in awe of how good this guy was. Injuries and playing for a lesser club for many years unfortunately dampened the impact he could have made on the game, withstanding that, he still managed to create an immense career for himself which is why he lands himself on this list among the greats.

Disclaimer

These disclaimers will be disclosed weekly, so please take note of them before reading.

  1. The list mostly includes players from the 2000s & 2010s, with the exception of one or two. I did not think I could fairly compare players from the 90s that I’ve only watched on Youtube or read about.
  2. I wanted to include one player from at least every position, so there’s a good variety of players and not just forwards or midfielders.
  3. There is a difference between ‘best’ & ‘greatest’. Example: Wayne Rooney is in my opinion, the best player to ever play for Everton but he’s not their greatest ever player.

Please keep these disclaimers in mind! If you missed the previous 3 entrants please find them below. 

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“He's better than you think”
Arsene Wenger
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This quote from Arsene Wenger has always stuck with me, he said it to Fergie after RVP made his big move, this quote is simple yet brilliant because it perfectly encapsulates Robin Van Persie and particularly his debut season at United, I knew we were signing a top quality goalscorer but I wasn’t aware of just how good of a footballer this guy was. He could finish with either foot, take a ball out of the sky from 80 yards, he could beat a man and always had enough pace to get away from the last defender. Much like screaming “GERRARD” before taking a long shot, screaming “VAN PERSIE” has become synonmous with a volley that comes from a ball over the top. A true Premier League icon.

Notable Achievements

Due to the club he spent most of his years at, his CV isn’t as full with team honours as it should be, but nonetheless there’s still quite a few notable awards here:

  • Barclays Premier League winner 2013(Best player in the league that season! How he didn’t get POTY I’ll never know).
  • FA Cup 04/05 winner.
  • Most assists in the 08/09 season.
  • Premier League Golden Boot winner 11/12 & 12/13.
  • PFA POTY 11/12.
  • Football Writers POTY 11/12.
  • Netherlands all time top scorer (50 goals).
  • Only player since 1966 to score with their right foot, left foot, head and from a free kick and penalty in one World Cup!
Back to back Golden Boot Winner
POTY 2013
“Personally, when we played against Arsenal in London, I saw the best forward ever: Robin van Persie. I didn’t know a player could play three positions during 90 minutes. It was a great experience – and we want to use that now.”
Jurgen Klopp
Fifa Coach of Year 2020

Best Moments & Goals

Where do I even begin? This guy has one of the best catalogue of goals I’ve ever seen. Longshots? Check. Free Kicks? Check. Volleys? Check. Diving header that was robbed of the Puskas Award? Check!!!! That’s where we’re starting, a once in a lifetime goal, I remember I was at a gaf party during this game and I got a text about this goal so ended up sticking the game on. 

The Flying Dutchman

What a bloody goal, the ball from Daley Blind was exquisite but the header was simply beautiful, how he didn’t win the Puskas Award I’ll never know, to this day I’m yet to see a goal like this recreated, you’ll see similar volleys and longshots but not a goal like this (trust me, I’ve tried to recreate it on Pro Clubs the last 7 years). Slightly off topic but when I seen him high 5 LVG after this I was certain we were doing the quadruple the next season (sigh).

Big Game Player

Not only did he score great goals and important goals but he scored great important goals, perhaps no more so greater than his League Title winning Hattrick volley against Aston Villa.

This volley is just plain stupid, he literally couldn’t have caught it any better than this, what a ball btw from Wazza!

Charlton Volley

This goal might be most people’s first memories of Van Persie in the Premier League, it’s gotta be in consideration when we talk about the best goals in Premier League History!

Another stupid volley that defies logic, if I tried to get my leg that high to volley a ball I’d end up in A&E, a magnificent goal from a magnificent player.

So so good.

When I spoke earlier about making the difficult look easy this is what I meant, everything about the goal from the pass, to the touch, to the finish is just remarkable.

You have to look at the finer details to appreciate this one, at full pelt he takes it down from over his head on the outside of his left!!! Before slotting it past the keeper on his weak foot, did I mention this was in stoppage time at Upton Park? What a player man, nothing fazed him.

I could go on all day about his goals, so many classics I didn’t get to mention like at home to Spurs in the NLD, his volley at Anfield or his derby day winner at the Etihad.

"He was actually a better player than I thought he was when he arrived at Manchester United – I had played against him many times vs Arsenal, so I knew he was good but not this good. “As a player he is so silky to watch, great touch, can hold the ball up & bring others into play, timings of his runs, skills & a dream of a left foot….oh and he can finish!”
Rio Ferdinand
PL & Man Utd Legend

Summary

If you aren’t convinced of Robin Van Persie being in this list after reading this then I don’t know what to tell you. A true Premier League GOAT, it’s just a shame he didn’t leave Arsenal sooner, a player as good as he was should have multiple league titles on their resume. However with no disrespect to the legends that played in the 2012/13 team, the way he carried that side to a league win will forever leave his name in English football history! A legend of the game and with that#22 in the Premier League GOAT countdown: Robin Van Persie. 

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