Euro 2012: Portugal v Netherlands @ Metalist Stadion Ukraine

 

Netherlands National Team

Euro 2012: Portugal v Netherlands @ Metalist Stadion Ukraine

The Holland striker has also been named the Football Writers’ Association  Footballer of the Year. Van Persie was also awarded the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year prize.

“I never really thought that I would end up as a main striker,” recalled the Dutchman. “I actually never played there before – I did it a couple of times at youth level, but it was nothing really special..“The boss didn’t buy someone else because he was convinced I could do it. I wasn’t so sure.
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“Sometimes, you just question yourself, if you are good enough at it. Those answers came,” said Van Persie.
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“I have been convinced for a while now that I actually can play as a main striker. I just didn’t know, and now I believe.”

"The boss didn't buy someone else (when Emmanuel Adebayor left) because he was convinced I could do it.

"I wasn't so sure. Then, in pre-season, we had a game against Inter Milan. I scored a good goal, played well and he told me after the game, 'You see? It will work'.

"That was the first step to being a main striker."

Van Persie revealed: "Sometimes, you just question yourself, if you are good enough at it. Those answers came.

"I have been for a while now convinced that I actually can play as a main striker. I just didn't know, and now I believe.

"Let's see where it ends. Let's see how far I can push myself, see where my maximum lies."

“It goes beyond my level of expectation with the number of goals he has scored. He is sensational as well is as a captain. He has done extremely well on and off the field,” said Wenger.
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“Robin has a very healthy life, very focused on football – he takes care of everything. That’s why he manages to do that. He is like Thierry Henry in that respect.
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“You have national class, international class and world class, and Robin is world class.”

The Gunners’ captain was also awarded the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year prize. The Netherlands forward won the award in the voting ahead of Manchester United pair Wayne Rooney, in second place, and Paul Scholes in third. Fulham’s Clint Dempsey finished fourth.

“I never really thought that I would end up as a main striker,” recalled the Dutchman. “I actually never played there before – I did it a couple of times at youth level, but it was nothing really special.“The boss didn’t buy someone else because he was convinced I could do it. I wasn’t so sure.“Sometimes, you just question yourself, if you are good enough at it. Those answers came,” said Van Persie.

“I have been convinced for a while now that I actually can play as a main striker. I just didn’t know, and now I believe.”“Robin has a very healthy life, very focused on football – he takes care of everything. That’s why he manages to do that. He is like Thierry Henry in that respect.

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