He had a career that many dreamed of. The clothes were Ajax, Hamburger, Real Madrid and Tottenham. He played with the Netherlands in the 2010 World Cup finals. The Golden Servant in 2003 could further develop his talent. No injury. This is why Rafael van der Vaart has been active in recent years, and he ended up at the age of 35 on Sunday.
I was the best, Ibra thought it was the best
Midfielder Rafael van der Vaart started in Ajax Amsterdam, where together with Wesley Sneijder he created one of the most creative couples in Europe. Before them, the canonist was Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Van der Vaart and the swift Swedes were young, they wanted to be famous for themselves. The rivalry grew into hatred. The Dutchman pulled for a long end of the rust. He was a child of Ajax, captain, expensive executives and fans. In addition, Zlatan defeated the battle of Sylvie Meis, who married Raphael as a man. "We were both very young. I was the best Ajax player, came Zlatan and thought he was the best, " Van der Vaart remembered Ibrahimovic for the football championship: "I think he was jealous of me. Only two strong eagles met in one place. I think I was a bigger problem for him than he did for me. Today, Ibrahimovich is a sincere person. The conflict we have is over. "
The rivalry between the pair reached its peak in 2004. Ibrahimovic in the Swedish race against the Netherlands barely joined Van der Vaart. While the Dutchman was dragging the rails, the Swedish celebrated the goal. Both of them then called coach Ajax Ronald Koeman. He asked for clarification of their dispute. Van der Vaart has accused Ibrahimovic of deliberately hurting him. The Swedish replied: "I did not hurt you on purpose, and you know it. If you blame me again, I will stretch out your two legs and then it will be deliberate." Shortly after the incident left Juventus, Ibra went to the Van der Vaart celebration.
I want to have fun without rehabilitation
A year later, he moved to Hamburg, where he moved to Real Madrid after three seasons. He played two seasons when he came to the bench José Mourinho and brought his teammate Mesuta Özil. Van der Vaart took up the role when the English Tottenham dealer called him the last day of the transfer period. "I decided to be in two hours. I started to evaluate everything, I woke up just a moment … Suddenly my phone rang. It was 17:40, my lawyer called again. He told me I had to decide now. I thought a fraction of a second: "Ok, do it," " Van der Vaart drew attention to the bizarre transfer conditions to England for FourFourTwo.
Rafael was in Tottenham and returned to Hamburger. Later in Betis and Midtjylland in Seville he was already concerned about the injuries, in Esbjerg, where he flew this summer, he did not stop with his finger. "I just had to stop. I did not come here to rehabilitate, but to play football. Fun looks different, and that's what I want to do, have fun. I wanted to become a football type, but unfortunately this is not the case " informed of the end of the 35-year spielmacah on Sunday, the Netherlands De Telegraaf: "At this moment, I can only be grateful for all those years. I played against the best players in the world at the most beautiful stadiums. I had a career that I did not even feel like a boy. "