The former Arsenal forward scored 50 goals in 102 appearances for his country, the Netherlands (image courtesy Getty)

Former Arsenal forward Robin van Persie says he will call time on his football career at the end of the season.

Van Persie, who also played for Premier League giants Manchester United, has scored 50 goals in 102 appearances for his country, the Netherlands.

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The 35-year-old won the FA Cup with Arsenal and a Premier League title at United.

“When I have to stop? That is probably at the end of this season,” the player, who returned to Feyenoord, where he made his debut aged 17, in January, said.

“I will be 36 years old and will have been a professional for 18 years. From the age of five, I’ve only been involved in football.”

He also said, “I also do not believe that my return to Feyenoord has only been successful if we win the title.

“How is it successful? This is actually it, if you look at the whole picture. I had lost the fun. That’s not how I wanted to end, without pleasure. The fun has returned at Feyenoord.

“I want to win as a football player and the cup win was nice, but that is not the measurement between whether it is successful or not.

“I wanted to give something back, share my experiences. I am trying to help my fellow players.

“I see it as broader than just winning a title or not. That is the goal, that is what the club also say, but whether or not we win a title is not decisive for me on whether my return is successful or not.”