Robin van Persie is in the frame to match the exploits of hero Diego Maradona and the Arsenal striker has revealed winning the World Cup would be a picture perfect moment.
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The Argentina ace was Van Persie’s hero as a boy, the legend he looked up to as he vowed to make a career in the game.
Little could the 26-year-old have known, growing up in Rotterdam, that he would one day grace the game’s finest stage as well.
“I have a really big picture of Maradona on the wall at home in my games room,” said Van Persie, who is 9/4 with Blue Square to score in Sunday’s final. “It is an unbelievable picture of him holding the World Cup.
“He is on his team-mates’ shoulders and he is holding that trophy with passion. If we win I want that picture with me holding the World Cup, having hopefully scored in the final.”
Holland are 6/4 to lift the trophy for the first time and it is hard to imagine what Amsterdam would turn into should that dream become reality.
Reports of jubilant Dutchman leaping into the many canals in sheer joy at what the Oranje have achieved in South Africa fits perfectly with the city’s party image
“I spoke to two friends of mine and they were trying to explain what it is like,” said Van Persie.
“Holland is just upside down. It is unbelievable.
“Everybody is drinking, having fun, swimming in the canals. It is crazy. Everyone is so happy.
“That is what is really nice. With the game we all love we can make people so happy. We just need to push on one more time. Then I don’t know what will happen.”