Having broken into the first team at the age of 17 the previous season, Robin van Persie signed his first professional contract with Feyenoord over the summer of 2002.
To celebrate, the Eredivisie side chose to immortalise their prodigious (and infamously petulant) new teenage prince with a portrait session in November of 2002.
It all began with Van Persie lounging around while posing in his Feyenoord kit before the young striker changed into his civvies for a few intimate shots and the ante – specifically from a ‘dreadful knitwear’ perspective – was well and truly upped…
50 shades of beige – like a middle-aged Cornish bookshop proprietor.
And to think Pierre van Hooijdonk reckons this kid is an arsehole. Stunning.