Robin van Persie proved he was worthy of his £24 million price tag during the 2012/13 season, scoring the most goals of any player in the Premier League, as well as helping Manchester United to their 20th league title. Enormous pressure will rest on his shoulders as his team attempt to bounce back from a dreadful performance at the 2012 European Championships in which he scored one of their two goals. Van Persie is currently best odds 33/1 to be the top Goalscorer in the World Cup, which represents great each way value for a striker of his ability.
Robin Van Persie top scorer odds
In total he scored 26 league goals for United last season, with a further four in cup competitions. Despite a long goalless streak during the middle of the season, van Persie proved himself as one of the finest finishers in the world, scoring the Premier League’s goal of the season with a superb volley against Aston Villa.
His international record is just as impressive, notching up a total of 35 goals from over 70 games, ranking him third on the all-time goal scoring lists, just five off Patrick Kluivert’s record. Surprisingly, in 2010 van Persie only scored one goal as Holland made it all the way to the final, only to be beaten by Spain in extra time. Wesley Sneijder was Holland’s main threat in front of goal during the 2010 tournament, scoring a joint highest five times, but since has added just five more in the space of three years.
World Cup Golden Boot betting
The pressure is already mounting on van Persie and Holland to improve their performance from 2012, but the signs are that he could finally produce the goods at a major international tournament on the biggest stage of all. He will be a high price following his stellar year at Manchester United and many will be avoiding him because of his past record at major tournaments. However, it’s only a matter of time before he matches his club form with his international appearances and 2014 will be his best chance yet as he comes into the prime of his career.