Robin van Persie's grandfather joins in 'Persieing' craze

Robin van Persie of the Netherlands scores the teams first goal with a diving header in the first half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Netherlands at Arena Fonte Nova on June 13, 2014
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Robin van Persie's 93-year-old grandfather joins in the 'Persieing' craze following the striker's diving header for the Netherlands during their 5-1 win over Spain at the World Cup.

Robin van Persie's 93-year-old grandad has taken part in the 'Persieing' craze following the Netherlands striker's World Cup header.

The Manchester United forward launched himself forward to nod in the equaliser against Spain in the Dutch side's first game in Brazil, which they went on to win 5-1.


"A belly landing is not always fun, huh? I used to do gymnastics and I know what it is like but in gymnastics those moves are planned and intended," the Daily Mail quotes Wim Ras as saying

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

Fans of Van Persie's goal have been posting images of themselves imitating the dive on social networking sites over the last week.

Robin van Persie of the Netherlands celebrates with Daryl Janmaat after scoring the second goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Netherlands at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 18, 2014
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