Robin van Persie: The best player I’ve swapped shirts with
Written by Renzo on August 6, 2011 4:30
Arsenal striker Robin van Persie revealed that swapping shirts with Inter Milan’s Ronaldo was one of the most important moments in his career.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, the Dutchman went a decade back in time as he remembered when he played against Inter Milan as a Feyenoord player at the San Siro and swapped shirts with the Brazilian at the end of the game, with Ronaldo making his long-awaited comeback as a substitute after spending three months out with muscle problems.
One of the best players in the history of the game of football, Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima featured for Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and A.C. Milan before ending his career in Brazil, with Corinthians.
The now 34-year old retired from the game last year citing pain and hypothyroidism as the reasons for his premature retirement and suffered very serious knee injuries when at Inter Milan that forced him out of action for months.
On swapping shirts with Ronaldo, van Persie said:
We are doing our house up now and I went to the other house and got a bag full of shirts which I changed with people and I had to pick nine of them to give them a new place in my house.
The best one is maybe the one – when I played for Feyenoord – against Inter Milan which was like, for us, ridiculously amazing, it was a massive dream come true.
I was just 18, semi-final of the Europe League then, away at Inter Milan and I swapped shirts with the big Ronaldo, his shirt, the one that he actually wore that day, all sweaty and stuff to me.
The other guys, they got the one with the thing in the back, not the real one, it was like he had five or six shirts but I had the proper one and I still have that one.