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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Robin Van Persie

Robin van Persie, Holland - Hungary (PRO SHOTS)
Welcome to's regular feature: World Player of the Week. Each week our worldwide team of editors will put forward a selected candidate, as chosen by International, who deserves recognition for achieving something special that matchday. It won't necessarily be the best player in the world - at least not usually - but whoever we nominate will have done something amazing. It might be for a particularly awesome performance or for something praiseworthy off the pitch - either way, the person in question deserves special attention... World Player of the Week #55: Robin van Persie
Club: Arsenal
Country: The Netherlands
Age: 26
Role: Forward
Castrol Ranking: 90
Achievement: Electric form in pre-World Cup friendlies
Injuries to key players have blighted the run-up to the 2010 World Cup; a good deal of the contending teams are reeling from the losses and potential losses of their performers. The Netherlands have not been spared that anxiety. On Saturday against Hungary at the Amsterdam ArenA, Arjen Robben hobbled off with a hamstring strain that could yet limit his participation in South Africa.

But Bert van Marwijk has at least one reason to be cheerful on the injury front - the return of Robin van Persie. The Arsenal forward barely had time to re-align his season at club level before he was thrust into the rigours of the international arena following a mid-term injury suffered against Italy. However, the 26-year-old is back with a bang.

He followed his double salvo against Mexico with goals against Ghana in midweek and Hungary at the weekend. And not only in finding the net is Van Persie proving his worth.

The former Feyenoord stand-out is proving to be the front-man that the Dutch need in order to link the intricate play of the likes of Wesley Sneijder, Robben and Rafael van der Vaart together.

Holland's No. 9 is in scintillating form and should he remain fit, the Dutch have a great chance of succeeding in South Africa.

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