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Van Persie awarded 100 Club's Greatest Goal

6 Oct 2016
2016 HMV Legends of Football Extravaganza

Former Man Utd and Arsenal striker honoured at Legends of Football event in aid of Nordoff Robbins

"It's a huge honour. Especially because it is picked by players from the hardest league in the world."

Robin van Persie spoke of his pride at winning the Premier League 100 Club's Greatest Goal award at Wednesday night's Legends of Football event, supported by HMV.

The Dutchman, who scored 144 times during a Premier League career at Arsenal and Manchester United, was one of 25 players to have surpassed 100 goals in the competition and honoured at the event in aid of the music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins.

Each of the "100 Club" members selected their favourite and voted for the best.

Van Persie's first-time volley against Aston Villa at Old Trafford, that helped United clinch a 13th title, got the most votes.

"With a goal like that you don't even think about what will happen, just make the most of it and see what happens," Van Persie said. "It takes a bit of courage as you don't know what's going to happen."

2016 HMV Legends of Football Extravaganza
Many 100 club members attended as over £400k was raised for Nordoff Robbins

The evening raised £404,000 for Nordoff Robbins, the charity which makes specialist use of music to facilitate physical and emotional wellbeing for hundreds of people with disabilities. More than £7million has been raised in total from past events.

Dion Dublin, a fellow 100 Club member, visited one of Nordoff Robbins' music therapy sessions last week

"To experience it, to be at one of their sessions, to watch how they use sound and rhythm, it was incredible," Dublin said.

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