RVP's difficult time continued with an eventful performance in Holland's 3-2 loss to Czech Republic – a result that dumped the Dutch out of Euro 2016.
It's been a difficult couple of weeks for the Dutchman, who was captured on camera looking none too happy with his place on the Fenerbahce bench during a recent Turkish Super Lig clash.
Van Persie only moved to the Istanbul club over the summer but is already playing second fiddle to fellow forward Fernandao, with manager Vitor Pereira preferring the Brazilian as the spearhead of Fener's attack of late.
Worse still, Holland's preparations for their must-win clash with Czech Republic were hindered by news of a training ground bust-up between Van Persie and Memphis Depay - as covered by the BBC.
But if anyone thought that was as bad as it could get for RVP they were very, very wrong.
Dumped out of Euro 2016 at the qualifying stage after a 3-2 loss to the Czechs, it's fair to say Van Persie had an eventful game.
The highlight came on 66 minutes when, with Holland 2-0 down but a man up on their opponents following the first-half dismissal of Marek Suchy, RVP scored an own goal of such baffling brilliance, it must be seen to be believed.
Robin van Persie's improvised header was a highlight of last year's World Cup. A slightly different effect tonight. pic.twitter.com/aRPmqqPojj— JD Football (@JDFootball) October 13, 2015
Demonstrating all the poise, precision and improvisation that made his diving header against Spain at the 2014 World Cup a memorable one, this time the finish was greeted rather differently by Oranje fans.
Van Persie wasn't done there either, scoring the second of Holland's goals in a late, half-hearted comeback attempt and even earning a yellow card for a blatant dive in the final five minutes.
What next for the Dutchman?