Rafael Van Der Vaart



Now, that is one long name

Now, that is one long name



  • Spanish Super Cup: 2008
  • Dutch Eredivisie: 2002, 2004
  • KNVB Cup: 2002
  • Dutch Super Cup: 2003
  • European Player of the Year: 2002



  • De Kennemers (1987-1993)
  • Ajax (1992-2005)
  • HSV Hamburg (2005-2008)
  • Real Madrid (2008-present)
  • La Liga debut:Match:
  • Real Madrid debut: 17 August 2008Match: Valencia 3-2 Real Madrid
  • International for Netherlands

Read on for some more info.To put it in a nutshell, Van Der Vaart is an extremely gifted player. He plays more like a scholes of some sort than like a Gattuso (obvious for people who watch football regularly, not so obvious who want to know about Real Madrid players). Van Der Vaart is a versatile attacking midfield player who can do lots of things with the ball.To put it in tennis terms (don’t know why, but I love doing this), Rafael Van Der Vaart does not play like Rafael Nadal. Van Der Vaart plays more like Novak Djokovic rather than Roger Federer.


The Good


  • He can play the ball with both of his feet (not necessarily shoot with both)
  • He can create and scorewhichis always an exceptional ability for a midfielder
  • He is an upgraded version of Deco (a Chelsea player)
  • Van Der Vaart can take fantastic free kicks
  • Can run with the ball
  • Can beat players in one on one situations in the midfield
  • Can finish unlike most midfielders, Ronaldinho, kaka, Gerrard and Lampard being the exceptions
  • Van Der Vaart can defend very well for a player with his attacking abilities
  • Is a team player which always help as he doesn’t always go for glory like C.Ronaldo or if you twist my arm then you can include Messi here too, but Messi is too good, he deservestobeselfish.
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