Robin van Persie says Nemanja Vidic & Rio Ferdinand are the best players he played against

Robin van Persie played his last game as a professional footballer earlier this month following a great career spanning 18 years.

He started out as a young and exciting striker with Feyenoord before joining Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal for £2.75m.

It was in north London where the Dutchman made a name for himself, scoring 132 goals in 278 games between 2004 and 2012.

Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United then came calling and in one of the most controversial transfers in English football history, Van Persie made a £22.5m switch.

He scored 26 Premier League goals in his debut season en route to winning his first and only league title.

In 2015 Van Persie moved to Turkish club Fenerbahce before going back to where it all started with Feyenoord and eventually calling it a day.

Van Persie will go down as one of the greatest strikers of his generation, not least for becoming the Netherlands national team’s record goalscorer with 50 goals.

The past week has been time to reflect for the 35-year-old, who gave a fascinating ‘quick-fire questions’ interview with the BBC.

From naming his best strike partner, to his best teammate and picking between Wenger and Ferguson, Van Persie had a hard time answering every question.

He was also asked to name the best player he’s played against, to which he answered: “There was a partnership, Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.”

Here’s the transcript in full:

QUESTION: Best strike partner?

ANSWER: [Long pause] It’s not going so well is it? Oh my God this is difficult.

QUESTION: Best goals?

ANSWER: For Arsenal, against Charlton away, the volley. For Manchester United, the volley against Aston Villa. For the national team, against Spain, the header.

QUESTION: Wenger or Ferguson?


QUESTION: Arsenal or Manchester United?


QUESTION: Best player you’ve played against?

ANSWER: There was a partnership, Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.

QUESTION: Best player you’ve played with?

ANSWER: So difficult to name one. I would go for Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Wayne Rooney and Ruud van Nistelrooy.

QUESTION: Best career moment?

ANSWER: Making my debut. Without that, we wouldn’t be sitting here.

QUESTION: What’s next for RVP?

ANSWER: I can be the coach of my own life and I can fill it in how I want to fill it in. Maybe to enjoy the bit of freedom I have now, which I never had.

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