EXCLUSIVE: Netherlands Striker Robin Van Persie Is Better Than Cristiano Ronaldo - Former Youth Coach Rene Hessel

A former youth coach of Van Persie has voiced his opinion that the Dutch attacker is better than Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo...
Arsenal and Netherlands star Robin van Persie has been in superb form in the build-up to the 2010 World Cup and the highly rated attacker is determined to show the world what he's capable of in South Africa.

Van Persie recently revealed that he aims to play at the same level as superstars such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and a former youth coach of the Dutch international has now voiced his opinion that RvP is already better than Ronaldo.

"Van Persie has really matured in the past couple of seasons. He's not afraid to speak up if he has an opinion on something. His comments about his preferred attack for Oranje perfectly illustrated that," said Rene Hessel to Goal.com.

Hessel was Van Persie's coach during his time at Excelsior and the attacker's former youth coach is full of praise for Van Persie.

"He has excellent ball control. He might not yet be on the same level as Lionel Messi, but he's definitely better than Cristiano Ronaldo. He's a different type of player to Messi and Ronaldo though, who are both very individualistic.

"Robin is more of a team player. Just like Wayne Ronney at Manchester United. It's crucial that he stays fit at the World Cup. If so, he will be one of the stars of the tournament."

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