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06/19/2014 06:10 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Soccer Star's Grandpa Takes 'Persieing' Meme To The Next Level (PHOTO)

Judging by the grandfather of Dutch soccer star Robin Van Persie, talent runs in the family.

After Van Persie scored a high-flying, last-minute header of a goal last Friday, the Internet exploded with pictures of people replicating the athlete's unique mid-air pose. Among those identifying with the nascent meme, called "Persieing," was Van Persie's 93-year-old grandfather:

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In an interview with Dutch News Service Omroep Brabant, Van Persie's grandfather said that as a former gymnast, he was happy to strike the pose, though he admitted: "The falling part was fine but getting up was more difficult. Obviously, because it's not a position you get into every day."

For perspective, here's a photo from Van Persie's original goal:
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And here are more photos of "Persieing":

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