Robin van Persie

World Cup 2014

van Persie in 2014, photo by Celso Pupo/

Place of Birth: Rotterdam, Netherlands

Date of Birth: 6 August, 1983

Ethnicity: Dutch, possibly Indonesian

Robin van Persie is a Dutch professional footballer. He is the son of José Ras, a painter, jewellery designer, and teacher, and Bob van Persie, a sculptor. Robin is married to Bouchra (Elbali), with whom he has two children. Bouchra is of Moroccan origin.

He has been mentioned as having some Indonesian ancestry. It is not clear if this is accurate.

Robin’s maternal grandfather is named Wim Ras. Wim was also a footballer.



Curious about ethnicity

18 Responses

  1. Kimmel says:

    His lips and eyes were a give away. Was surprised to learn he was Thai, though. And I believe his mother is half-Thai.

  2. MIla says:

    You guys should write his name write…the Van part should be van without a capital V thats the dutch spelling; and since he is Dutch his name should be written like Robin van Persie

  3. :) says:

    Correction: he isn’t fully Dutch. He has Indonesian blood from his grandma who was from Surabaya. This is why he doesn’t look like an average Dutch.

  4. andrew says:

    he looks nowhere Italian

  5. Marko says:

    I thought he was muslim or like half arab or something like that! He does not even look full dutch but more southern european like Italian or something because of his dark curly hair, not really typically dutch features.

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