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Van Persie's grandfather joins in on #Persieing trend

The swan-dive header from the Oranje striker has become an internet sensation, with people across the world replicating it - even the striker's 93-year-old relative

Robin van Persie's magnificent leap to meet Daley Blind's pinpoint pass and send it looping over Iker Casillas and into the net in Netherlands' 5-1 win over Spain has become the iconic goal of the World Cup so far.

The emphatic swan-dive has developed into an internet sensation, becoming the subject of thousands of Vines, videos and memes in the last few days as #Persieing trends worldwide.

And now the striker's 93-year-old grandfather, Wim Ras, has joined in on the craze with his own Van Persie impression.


"I thought it was a great landing," Ras told Omroep Brabant.

The 93-year-old spoke of his pride at seeing his grandson score such an impeccable goal and insists that it was a very difficult thing to pull off.

"A belly landing is not always fun, huh? I used to do gymnastics and I know what it is like but in gnymnastics those moves are planned and intended," he said.

"Robin only needed a fraction of a second to make the jump.

"To get such an exquisite delivery in such a situation and then to score, that is a hell of an achievement.

"The attack went well but getting up there was very difficult, obviously, because it is not a movement that you do every day."

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