While some players are happy to party hard, Van Persie is determined to make the most of his talent.
He told The Sun: "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.
"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.
"I was in New York not so long ago and saw Thierry Henry playing. When you see him chasing and playing with so much desire it's fantastic.
"Thierry wants to win the championship in America and he's still hungry to win, in that he's a true lover of the game. I also have that in me.
"I really hope that I can keep on playing as long as him.
"Look at Van Nistelrooy, Seedorf, Van der Sar, Bergkamp - they managed to keep on playing for so long and still are because they lived like true professionals.
"It's important that one must not stay too long dwelling over disappointments.
"I fully believe what my national coach Bert van Marwijk says - that you always have to keep going and through that you can achieve other nice things."