This summer Eurosport is counting down the world's greatest footballers, as voted by our international network of journalists. We will reveal one player per day, culminating in the election of the first Ballon d'Eurosport on July 19.
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Robin van Persie's decision to depart Arsenal for Manchester United a year ago paid dividends when he helped Sir Alex Ferguson's side regain the Premier League from bitter rivals Manchester City last term.
It also satisfied the Dutch forward's personal craving for silverware.
Van Persie has pace, technique and finishing power in abundance and he started every match as Netherlands reached the 2010 World Cup final only to lose 1-0 to Spain.
The forward has really caught fire in recent times with 27 goals in 2010/11, 38 goals in 2011/12 and 39 goals in 2012/13 his seasonal tallies for club and country.
Van Persie's contribution has probably rendered Wayne Rooney replaceable at Old Trafford, an idea that would have seem far-fetched not so long ago.
He will play a huge role as United bid to defend their title under new United manager David Moyes and with such prolific form, it is of little surprise that Van Persie occupies the number five berth on our list of world beaters.
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How Eurosport voted
We asked the editorial teams of 10 countries/areas around the Eurosport network to compile their list of the world's 25 best players.
Then we did the sums, Eurovision-style. It's simple: a first-place vote is worth 25 points, second place is 24... all the way down to one point for a 25th-place vote.
The Ballon d'Eurosport so far