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Dutch striker Robin van Persie sparks new social media craze "Perseing"
Man Utd striker's acrobatic opening goal against Spain strikes chord with fans
Supporters across the globe recreating his acrobatic pose
Forget planking, it’s time to get “Persieing.”
The latest World Cup craze, currently exploding on social media, pays homage to Netherlands striker Robin van Persie.
Photos of the Manchester United forward’s acrobatic headed equalizer against world champions Spain in Friday’s 5-1 win has gone viral.
Van Persie nodded delicately over Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas while seemingly suspended in mid air to register one of the goals of the tournament.
Now Twitter is awash with soccer fans the world over recreating his “Flying Dutchman” pose.
Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren posted his tribute after a thumping win for Louis van Gaal’s team, but the craze caught the imagination of both old and young.
This baby can barely walk, but it didn’t stop him saluting Van Persie’s wonder strike.
Not only was it a brilliant goal, it was also one that sparked a collapse from the World Cup holders.
After going in front thanks to a Xabi Alonso penalty, Spain fell apart after Van Persie’s equalizer, going on to lose 5-1.
It meant Spain conceded more in its opening 90 minutes in Brazil than in its last 10 games at World Cups and European Championships combined.
Spain’s captain and goalkeeper, Iker Casillas, was only 40 minutes away from besting legendary Italy goalkeeper Walter Zenga’s record of 517 minutes without conceding during World Cup matches.