Robin van Persie tonight became Oranje’s all-time goalscorer, with a hat-trick to take him to 41 Holland goals, overtaking Patrick Kluivert’s 40.
It’s a remarkable achievement when you consider van Persie is yet to really star at a major tournament; indeed most of his goals have come in low-key qualifying rounds.
Still at the peak of his powers, RVP still has ample time to build on the record and make it more emphatic with a starring role in Brazil next summer.
And unlike Eusebio’s reservations about the prospect of Cristiano Ronaldo overtaking him for Portugal, there was not a hint of bitterness from the erstwhile record holder.
RVP ran straight to asssistant coach Patrick Kluivert on the sideline, as the ex Ajax and Barcelona hitman basked in the moment magnanimously, for an epic picture that will go down in Dutch football history.
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