Former Arsenal captain and Netherlands striker Robin Van Persie will retire from football at the end of the season.
The 35-year-old ex-Manchester United forward started his career at Feyenoord in the Netherlands, making his debut at the aged of 17. He recently reunited with his childhood club in January after leaving Turkish side Fenerbache, which he joined after leaving Man United.
“When I have to stop? That is probably at the end of this season,” he said.
“I will be 36 years old and will have been a professional for 18 years. From the age of five, I’ve only been involved in football.”
Van Persie, who has scored 50goals in 102 appearances for his country told Dutch publication AD that he had “lost the fun” before returning to Feyenoord.
“I also do not believe that my return to Feyenoord has only been successful if we win the title,” he further noted.
“How is it successful? This is actually it, if you look at the whole picture. I had lost the fun. That’s not how I wanted to end, without pleasure. The fun has returned at Feyenoord.”
“I want to win as a football player and the cup win was nice, but that is not the measurement between whether it is successful or not. I wanted to give something back, share my experiences. I am trying to help my fellow players.”
“I see it as broader than just winning a title or not. That is the goal, that is what the club also say, but whether or not we win a title is not decisive for me on whether my return is successful or not.”
While at Arsenal, Van Persie won the FA Cup and later a Premier League title when crossed to Old Trafford.