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Dutch captain Van Persie's wonder goal, with a diving header from 17 yards, was hailed by many as one of the best goals in World Cup history.
The Manchester United striker, fed with an aerial 45-yard cross from Daley Blind, raced ahead and with diving at full length headed the ball into the net over a stunned Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
This goal of Van Persie's is the best so far in this edition of World Cup. These are still early days in the tournament with just two days into it and we could see some other astounding goal but it would be tough to beat this one.
Many on Twitter hailed Van Persie as the "Flying Dutchman". There were plenty of images of Van Persie mocked up as Superman, Batman, WWE wrestler Eddie Guerrero and flying in the skies of Brazil over the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.
Here are some of the tweets in praise of Van Persie.
Robin van Persie: The Flying Dutch Man...wahaha pic.twitter.com/1DDs9BSNY8— ApisHashim (@Apis754) June 14, 2014
Robin van Persie has to be best CF (in the world) atm. Makes the art of goalscoring look too easy.— Philip Jamal Uzor (@PhilipJamal) June 14, 2014
I just can't get enough of Robin van Persie's goal.— SocialRMadrid (@SocialRMadrid) June 14, 2014
Robin Van Persie spotted after game ! pic.twitter.com/8yfQ5VsJz3— Football Tweets (@FutballTweets) June 14, 2014
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? ......it's Robin Van Persie!!!!!— boman irani (@bomanirani) June 13, 2014
@Persie_Official best goal ever!!!!!!— Afrojack (@djafrojack) June 13, 2014
I don't think the phrase 'leaped like a salmon' has ever been more apt than for Robin van Persie's body shape just then.— Sam Kelly (@HEGS_com) June 13, 2014
Robin van Persie "The Flying Dutchman"! ⚽️💪 pic.twitter.com/O51RxvsVcf— Lisa Louise (@070Lisa) June 14, 2014