Van Persie's grandfather joins in on #Persieing fun

Netherlands striker Robin van Persie scores a header against Spain during their World Cup Group B...

Netherlands striker Robin van Persie scores a header against Spain during their World Cup Group B match at Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador, Brazil, June 13, 2014. (AFP)

Kurtis Larson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:57 AM ET

MANAUS, BRAZIL - So that's who the Flying Dutchman inherited his genes from.

You know, the genes that produced one of the best goals you will ever see at a World Cup.

During last week's Spain-Netherlands match, Dutch striker Robin van Persie scored an electrifying goal just before the half that saw the Oranje pull level with the defending World Cup champions before an eventual 5-1 win.

He timed his run, snuck in behind Spain's back line and then laid out to produce a diving header that somehow floated over Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas and into the net.

He later called it the best goal he'd ever scored.

His 93-year-old grandfather liked it too, according Dutch broadcaster Omroep Brabant.

The media outlet tweeted a photo Wednesday morning of van Persie's grandfather, Wim Ras, mimicking his grandson's now iconic goal.

Ras apparently wanted to join in on the #Persieing craze that's beginning to take over the web.

Pretty agile for an old man, isn't he?

He also offered up a little prediction for the Netherlands' second Group B match against the Australians on Wednesday.

"It will be 3-0 for the Netherlands, that's my expectation," Wim told Omroep Brabant.

For Wim's sake, here's hoping van Persie doesn't score off an overhead kick.

 

 


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