In this Dutch name, the family name is Van Persie, not Persie. Dutch professional footballer who plays as a forward for Feyenoord. He is regarded as one of the best strikers of his generation. Dutch Football Talent of the Year. Born in Rotterdam, Van Persie joined the youth squad of local side SBV Excelsior when he was five, but left for Feyenoord at the age of 16 after falling out with the Excelsior coaching staff over his “petulant” attitude.