’Van der Vaart stops at the end of this season

Rafael van der Vaart

This he would have said against the Danish newspaper BT. “I play this year and then I think I will stop, absolutely. Then it is beautiful. I have been in the top played and that is now no longer so. I some time ago accepted. You never know in football, but I have a feeling that this is my last year.”

And what is he after his football career do? “We’re going to see. I have my television in the Netherlands and I like that very much. If you have a good name, you can always get work. Maybe as a coach. But I have a number of bad experiences with trainers before, and I don’t want players to think about me, as I have done with some oefenmeesters.”


Estavana Polman, his girlfriend who handbalt in Esbjerg, as well as ’Raf’ an expiring contract. “I follow her. If they leave, then I’ll go with you.”

The Dutchman started at Ajax and also played for HSV, Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur, Betis, FC Midtjylland, and now even for Esbjerg. Van der Vaart came to 109 international matches for the Dutch team and played in the lost world cup final of 2010.

He was awarded in 2003 the prestigious Golden Boy Award as the best player in Europe under 21 years of age. Van der Vaart was the very first player that the prize should take. Then followed, among others, Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappé.

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