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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 internet 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 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 gnymnastic 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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