Robin van Persie meets Brazilian legend – Not Pele, not Ronaldo

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie meets up with Brazilian legend Zico.

Netherlands international striker Robin van Persie has been one of the best players at the 2014 World Cup finals so far.

The Manchester United star scored twice in the Oranje’s 5-1 victory over Spain at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador in their opening Group B game and found the target in their 3-2 triumph over Australia in their next match.

Van Persie was suspended for the Netherlands’ third and final Group B fixture which ended in a 2-0 win against Chile in Sao Paulo, but the 30-year-old revelled in his country’s third successive win at the World Cup (for his full reactions, click here).

The former Arsenal captain is not a footballing legend – not yet anyway – but he could well become one if he leads the Netherlands to World Cup glory this summer. And it seems that he is busy meeting the legends of the game while he is in Brazil.

The ex-Feyenoord forward recently met up with Brazilian icon Zico and posted the following picture on social networking site Twitter.

Zico is a true legend of the game and one of the most revered footballing figures. The 61-year-old won the Brazilian Serie A with Flamengo four times in the 1980s and the Copa Libertadores once in 1981.

The former attacking midfielder, who is regarded as one of the most skilful players and best passers of all time, never won the World Cup, but he was part of that great Brazil team that featured in the 1982 tournament in Spain.

Whether or not Van Persie can guide the Netherlands to World Cup success this summer remains to be seen, but he is certainly making the most of his time in Brazil when he is not training or out on the pitch.

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