Dutch striker Robin van Persie has revealed that he used to watch the trio of Eric Cantona, Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry.
As reported by Goal.com, the 32-year-old striker, who departed England's elite division at the end of last season, has revealed that he used to watch the trio when he first started viewing the Premier League.
Van Persie, of course, spent a lengthy period at Arsenal before making a controversial switch to Manchester United in the summer of 2012.
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During his spell at Arsenal, Van Persie was handed the opportunity to play alongside the duo of Bergkamp and Henry.
It was at Old Trafford, however, where the striker finally managed to emulate the aforementioned trio as he finally secured the Premier League title.
Back in the 2012/13 campaign, the forward secured the Golden Boot award for the second consecutive season as he acted as the Red Devils' talisman to guide them to their 20th league title.
Van Persie, then, was clearly learning from the best as he watched on as a youngster.
Premier League favourites
When asked about which players he used to watch in the Premier League, he responded by saying: "When I started watching the Premier League, [Eric] Cantona, Bergkamp and Thierry Henry [were my favourites]."
Away from the Premier League, Van Persie has named Argentine legend Diego Maradona as one of his biggest inspirations in the game while he has also admitted that he enjoyed watching the Brazilian duo of Romario and Ronaldo.
Van Persie continued by saying: "Diego Maradona. I've met him a couple of times. He's a very special person, very warm. What he did was unbelievable.
"When I was younger I enjoyed watching Dennis Bergkamp, Romario when he was playing for PSV and, later, [Brazilian] Ronaldo."
Van Persie's spell at Old Trafford may have only lasted three years, but he most definitely left a legacy behind him at the club after his glorious debut campaign.
Ultimately, though, things have turned sour for the experienced striker recently; at 32, Van Persie is a shadow of his former self and is unlikely to ever return to his best.
The forward has found it tricky at Fenerbahce this season - he has failed to hold down a regular place in the team - but has managed to find the back of the net on nine occasions in 23 league appearances.
Cantona, Bergkamp and Henry will go down as three of the greatest strikers to have ever starred in the Premier League, but, despite a couple of glorious seasons, Van Persie will never quite be mentioned in the same breath as his heroes.
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