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Arsenal striker Robin van Persie keen to emulate talents of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie would one day like to be mentioned in the same breath as Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

The 26-year-old looks set to start for the Netherlands in the 2010 World Cup final against Spain on Sunday as Bert van Marwijk’s side look to win the trophy for the first time in their history.

Despite scoring just once in this year’s competition, van Persie has still played a key role in the Netherlands’ path to the final, contributing with two assists.

The Dutchman, who also praised Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger for the impact he has had on his career, says his main target is to in the same class as Messi.

He told L'Equipe: "When I came back from my long injury back in the spring, Arsene Wenger told me that people will soon be talking about me in the same breath as they speak about Messi.

"I'm sure that would already be the case if I was not injured so often.

"I can feel that the manager has faith in me, but I must remain lucid. I am clearly not in the same league as Leo. Moreover, I am injured too often.

"I'm dreaming about a season with 30 goals and 20 assists. Wenger knows that I can do it, but my body will have to hold on.

"My final objective is to be in the same class as Messi, Ronaldo and Rooney, but Leo above all because he is a giant."

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