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Some UK Premier League stars more interested in flashy life than playing football: Van Persie

June 11, 2011 - London

Some Premier League stars are more interested in flash cars than putting everything into the job for which they are paid for handsomely, feels Arsenal striker Robin van Persie.

The Sun quoted Van Persie, 27, as saying that while some players are happy to party hard, he was determined to make the most of his talent.

"I'll finally stop when my game looks so bad or when my wife says 'Robin, you're putting me to shame.' For me I play football because I love it and that's why I want to keep doing it as long as possible," he said.

"The really top players aren't fooled by riches, fame or exclusive cars because they are fully focused with their football. It isn't easy, as sometimes a certain amount of nonchalance can creep in and everywhere in the world you see it goes wrong when players start playing casually with the handbrake on," he added.

He cited the examples of Van Nistelrooy, Seedorf, Van der Sar, Bergkamp as players who put their love for the sport above that of leading a good life, and therefore, they managed to keep on playing for so long and still are because they lived like true professionals.

"Desire and motivation is 60 per cent, 70 per cent decisive in what level a player reaches in his career," Van Persie said.


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