Holland striker Robin van Persie has hailed his stunning fly-diving header he scored during the 5-1 demolition of World Champions Spain in their Group B World Cup opener as “the best” of his career.
“It is the best goal of my career,” Van Persie told The Sun.
“It was a brilliant goal, even I have to say that. I look at the occasion and this was one of the biggest so far in my career. It was a bit of a gamble but I spotted Casillas off his line before the cross came in.
“Just before I received the ball, I saw Casillas standing in front of his goal, so it was a header but a lobbed header
– a great goal.”
The 30-year-old Manchester United striker levelled for the Netherlands on Friday night with a piece of individual brilliance as he threw himself acrobatically at Daley Blind’s impeccable cross and looped a header over Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
Van Persie scored again in the second half, but his first goal will remain indelible in the minds of football fans and the Holland captain himself.
The former Arsenal striker scored a breathtaking left-foot volley during his time at the Emirates against Charlton seven years ago, but claims that has now been overshadowed by his World Cup goal moment to savour.
“I remember the goal at Charlton. If I choose between the Charlton goal for Arsenal and this one, it is quite simple,” he added.
“I have to choose this one because it’s the World Cup and against the No.1 team in the world for the last six years. They have an incredible team. So I go for this goal.”