Van Persie quit the Premier League in 2015 as he headed to Turkey with Istanbul giants Fenerbahce.
And he did so having spent the previous 11 years in England having joined Arsenal aged 20.
Van Persie has every right to look back on his time on these shores with delight.
The Dutchman formed a reputation as one of the world’s most formidable strikers while at Arsenal.
And he added to the FA Cup he won with the Gunners by firing Manchester United to Premier League glory in 2013.
However, Van Persie has now revealed the flak he received from fans of Arsenal and United’s rivals was tough to take.
And he says it is only since he returned to boyhood club Feyenoord that he has felt warmth from opposition supporters.
“In England I suffered constant abuse, shouting and booing at every away match,” Van Persie said.
“All in all, I felt that abuse for all of the 11 years I played in England.
“The approach from other fans was a tough thing.
“In fact, when I returned to Holland last year, I forgot what it was like to receive applause in other stadiums.
“My away matches feel almost comfortable now. That is a beautiful experience.”
Robin van Persie has score 261 goals at club level during his career, notching seven for Feyenoord this season.
He admitted in October that this is likely to be his last campaign as a professional.
“When I have to stop? That is probably at the end of this season,” Van Persie said.
“I will be 36 years old and will have been a professional for 18 years. From the age of five, I’ve only been involved in football.”