He had a career that many dreamed about. He dressed Ajax, Hamburger, Real Madrid and Tottenham. With Holland he played in the 2010 World Cup finals. 2003 gold aid could develop its talent even more. No damage. This is why Rafael van der Vaart has been worried during the last years of active career and has therefore ended at the age of 35 on Sunday.
I was the best, Ibra thought he was the best
Midfielder Rafael van der Vaart started in Ajax Amsterdam where he and Wesley Sneijder formed one of the most creative couples in Europe. In front of them was the canonist Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Van der Vaart and the weak Swedes were young, they wanted to honor themselves. Rivalry grew into hatred. The Dutch went for the long end of the noise. He was the Ajax child, the captain, the leadership and the baby's darling. In addition, Zlatan has also overcome Sylvie Mei's fight who married Rafael as a man. "We were both very young. I was the best Ajax player, Zlatan came and thought he was the best, " Remember Van der Vaart at Ibrahimovic for football.ua: "I think he was jealous of me. Only two strong eagles were met in one place. I think I was a bigger problem for him than he did for me. Ibrahimovich is today a sincere person. The conflicts we have are past. "
The rivalry between the couple culminated in 2004. Ibrahimovich in the Swedish match against the Netherlands hardly reached Van der Vaart. While the Dutch hit the rails, the Swede celebrated a goal. Both then called Ajax Ronald Koeman coach to the carpet. He requested clarification of his dispute. Van der Vaart blamed Ibrahimovic for deliberately damaging him. The Swedes answered: "I have not hurt you intentionally, and you know. If you blame me again I'll straighten your two legs. And that will be intentional." Ibra shortly after the event left for Juventus, Van der Vaart held a party on his departure.
I want fun, not to rehabilitate
A year later, he moved to hamburgers, where he moved to Real Madrid after three seasons. He played the two seasons when he came to José Mourinho's bench and brought playmate Mesuta Özil. Van der Vaart took the role of a replacement when the agent from Totteham called him on the final day of the transitional period. "I decided to need within two hours. I started evaluating everything, I just woke up for a while … Suddenly my phone rang awake. It was 17:40, my lawyer called again. He told me I had to decide right now. I thought for a fraction of a second: "Okay, do it", " Van der Vaart reminded of the bizarre circumstances of the transfer to England for FourFourTwo.
Raphael was in Tottenham, and he returned to hamburgers. Later in Betis and Midtjylland in Seville he was already worried about damage, in Esbjerg where he went in the summer, he did not debut. "I had to quit. I did not come here to rehabilitate, but play soccer. Funny looks different, and that's what I want to do, have fun. I wanted to be a football night, unfortunately it is not so, " Informed about the end of 35-year-old Spielmacah on Sunday, the Dutch De Telegraaf: "At the moment, I can only be grateful for all these years. I played with and 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. "