Rafael van der Vaart (35) has its voetballoopbaan terminated with immediate effect. The 109-times Dutch international ran during a training session at his Danish club Esbjerg to re-injury and which forces him to stop. After this season he would be a point behind his career have taken.
“I must now just stop, I’m not here to rehabilitate, but to play football,” said Van der Vaart. “The pleasure touches different, however, and that’s what I want for it. I had to talk grandpa want to be, but that is unfortunately not in. Currently I can only be grateful for all the years that I was allowed to play football. All the players, staff, fans of the Arena, Volksparkstadion, White Hart Lane to the Bernabeu, I only have warm feelings about. It was a great time.”
Van der Vaart made his debut on 19 april 2000, at seventeen, the age at Ajax. He won two league titles (2002, 2004) and the Cup (2002). In 2005 he left the linksbenige footballer to Hamburg. In 2008 was followed by a transfer to Real Madrid and in 2010 to Tottenham Hotspur. The attacker returned in 2012 for three seasons back in Hamburg. Followed by adventures at Real Betis, FC Midtjylland and as the last of Esbjerg, the city where his girlfriend Estavana Polman handbalt.
“I have prices are allowed to win and championships played both with my clubs, the Dutch national team as well as individually,” he says about his career, in which he 25 times scored for Orange and in the final of the soccer world cup of 2010 against Spain played. “I have in all those years with and against so many great players are allowed to play football in the most beautiful stadiums. I had that once as a small boy, never dare to dream of.”