Robin van Persie officially hung up his boots on Sunday after Feyenoord’s 2-0 defeat against ADO Den Haag.

The 35-year-old was given a special farewell by the Feyenoord crowd on Sunday before speaking to the media.

Quoted by Fox Sports, van Persie confirmed he will take a break away from the game despite offers, “Yes, I’m going to do that and I’m looking forward to getting that freedom somewhere, I’ve never had it.

“I am very grateful for what I received from football and I have lived abroad for fourteen years. That is wonderful, but it is also nice to have the freedom and to organize your own life. “

Van Persie is not interested in becoming the new Feyenoord technical director, “I have not had that question, but it is also normal that someone who is eligible for that position has a lot of experience, also in the business field. There is a lot involved in such a job, I don’t have that experience.”

The former Arsenal, Manchester United and Fenerbahce star admitted it is a strange feeling to now be retired, “For seventeen years I have been used to always having another game. And that is not now. That realization was already there last week. I felt strange in my stomach.”




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