Manchester United star Robin van Persie continues ambassadorial role for Excelsior

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Manchester United and Netherlands international striker Robin van Persie continues to try to increase membership of his former club Excelsior.

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie’s World Cup shirt must be one that many football fans would love to get their hands on, but they won’t do so anytime soon unless they support Excelsior.

That’s because the Netherlands international donated his shirt to his former club in an effort to increase the membership of the Dutch outfit.

‘Provide a new member to the @excelsiorrdam family and win my official World Cup shirt’, wrote the 31-year-old former Arsenal captain on social networking site Twitter on Friday.

Excelsior launched the scheme back on July 23, 2014 (click here to learn more), but Van Persie recently posting it means that he is very supportive of the cause and wants the fanbase of the club to grow.

The Red Devils star started his career at the Rotterdam-based club’s youth academy back in 1997 but left for Feyenoord before long. Subsequently he went to play for their first team before securing a move to Arsenal in the summer of 2004.

It was under Gunners manager Arsene Wenger that Van Persie fulfilled his potential and established himself as one of the finest strikers in the Premier League.

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In the summer of 2012, the Dutchman left the Emirates Stadium to move to United and won the league title in the 2012-13 campaign.

Despite all the success in his career, Van Persie has not forgotten about the club where he took his first steps in football. It is indeed very touching.

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