Van Persie dreaming of European glory

Speaking on UEFA.com, the player says it's not easy to win the elusive cup.

Robin van Persie and his Manchester United teammates take on Olympiakos in the Champions League tonight. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Manchester United striker Robin van Persie says winning the UEFA Champions League will mean the world to him.

The closest the Dutchman has come to lifting European football's most prestigious trophy was in 2006 when he and former side Arsenal lost to Barcelona in the final.

Speaking on UEFA.com, van Persie says it's not easy to win the elusive cup.

"It's a trophy many, many players don't win. A few win it once, if you're very lucky. A couple of players have won it more than once. It is a very special trophy that every player wants to win every year."

The 30-year-old says it is becoming more difficult to win the trophy with every passing season.

"It is very hard and it just seems to me that it gets harder every year to win it. The teams are getting better and better."

Manchester United face Olympiakos in the last sixteen of the Champions League tonight.