Robin van Persie was born on August 6, 1983.
Born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Van Persie joined local youth squad SBV Excelsior when he was five years old. At the age of 16, he left for Feyenoord, one of the most successful clubs in the Eredivisie (the top league in the Netherlands).
Van Persie made his professional debut for the club when he was only 17 years old, and started 15 games in the 2001-02 season. After his solid performance for Feenoord in the UEFA Champions League Final, Van Persie received the KNVB Best Young Talent award.
In almost three years with Feyenoord, Van Persie scored 15 goals in 61 appearances. Due to disciplinary issues and differences with club management, he signed a four-year deal with Arsenal of the Premier League in 2004.
Once legendary French striker Thierry Henry moved to Barcelona prior to the 2007-08 season, Van Persie assumed the role as Arsenal's primary striker.
Plagued by injuries, it wasn't until the 2010-11 season that Van Persie truly broke out as one of the world's premier goal scorers. He led the Premier league with 30 goals in the 2011-12 season. During his time with Arsenal (2004-12) he scored 132 goals in 278 appearances, making him one of the best players in the club's illustrious history.
After the 2011-12 season, he was transferred to Manchester United. In three seasons with the Red Devils, Van Persie netted 48 goals in 86 Premier League appearances.
In 2015, Van Persie joined Turkish Süper Lig side Fenerbahçe on a three-year deal.