Netherlands and Premier League great Robin Van Persie is BT Sport’s latest signing for the upcoming 2019/20 season the broadcaster revealed today.
Regarded as one of the best strikers of his generation, Van Persie, who is the Netherlands’ record goal scorer of all time in the men’s game with 50 goals, will appear on BT Sport’s coverage of live Premier League, Emirates FA Cup, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches from the start of the season.
With a Premier League title, FA Cup title, and a UEFA Europa League title to his name, Robin is well positioned to give insightful analysis on the football competitions on BT Sport.
Van Persie, who hung up his boots at his boyhood club Feyenoord in May this year, will sit alongside a well-regarded roster of pundits that include his old club teammates and ex-Premier League rivals: Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes, Owen Hargreaves and Steve McManaman.
Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “Robin is going to be a brilliant addition to our BT Sport team. A prolific striker and proven leader for two of the Premier League’s biggest sides, as well as on the international stage, his pedigree in the game of football is nothing short of world class.”
“Robin’s achievements on the field and the experiences he has had in the competitions that we show live on BT Sport will give our viewers a fascinating insight into the mind of one of the most feared Premier League strikers of the modern era.”
Robin Van Persie said “Joining BT Sport is a fantastic opportunity for me. I can’t wait for the new season to start both domestically and in Europe and I look forward to this new challenge which takes me off the field and into the studio for the first time.”
During the Dutchman’s illustrious 18 year playing career, the striker has played at Feyenoord, Arsenal, Manchester United and Fenerbahçe SK. Alongside his record 50 goals in 102 appearances for his country, RVP secured back-to-back Premier League golden boot awards for the 2011/12 and 2012/13 seasons, netting 190 times in all competitions during his spells with Arsenal and Manchester United.
Robin will make his debut on BT Sport’s coverage of the FA Community Shield, when Premier League champions Manchester City face last season’s Premier League runner-up and UEFA Champion League winners, Liverpool.
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