Robin van Persie scores stunning free-kick and gets straight red card three minutes later

De Graafschap v Feyenoord - Eredivisie

Robin van Persie will forever go down as one of the Premier League's greatest ever strikers.

Eight years at Arsenal was followed by three years at rivals Manchester United in one of the most controversial and shocking transfers in English football history.

He made 280 appearances, scored 144 Premier League goals and won the title once with United in that time.

Now 35 years old, the Dutchman can be found playing for boyhood club Feyenoord in the Eredivisie and he's proving every week that age is just a number.

In seven league games this season Van Persie has scored six goals and made one assist. Feyenoord are currently third in the table.

Van Persie has been in such good form, in fact, that there are rumours he could be recalled to the Netherlands national team for the upcoming international break.

"I have said before: I will never [refuse a call-up]," he said last week, "but the coach has been pretty clear in the media. It is going to be a very tough story, in which he is clear.


"I do not assume that I'm being called, because he has clearly indicated it. I'm open to it, if he calls me, we’ll have to watch how he sees it."

Van Persie became renowned for his deadly left foot during his time in the Premier League and he showed why that was the case during Sunday's game against Vitesse.

De Graafschap v Feyenoord - Eredivisie

In the 88th minute, with the scores level at 1-1, the former Arsenal man struck a beautiful free-kick to make it 2-1 and give Feyenoord all three points.

But Van Persie has also been known for having a temper and three minutes after his goal he received a straight red card for a nasty challenge. Check out the two incidents below.

Feyenoord went on to win the game so it wasn't a case of going from hero to zero for Van Persie, but he now faces a three-match ban and that's the last thing his side needed.

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